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Calendar, Dec. 10-21, 2008

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Hobey Ford and his Golden Rod Puppets will be at the Alden Theatre in the McLean Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 13.

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Beginner level students as Arabian Coffee

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Lexie Overholt as the Sugar Plum Fairy

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Megan Kampa as Tarantella The Conservatory Ballet presents two performances of Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Madeira School Theater on Saturday, Dec. 20. The cast of more than 125 Conservatory students ages 5 to 17 features graduating seniors Megan Kampa of Oak Hill, Kristi Liu of Reston, Lexie Overholt and Kelsy Weber, both of Oakton.

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<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 Falls 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 Carol, the Musical. 8 p.m. at the Alden Theater in the McLean Community Center. Tickets at 703-790-9223 or 703-573-SEAT.

<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 Carol, the Musical. 8 p.m. at the Alden Theater in the McLean Community Center. Tickets at 703-790-9223 or 703-573-SEAT.

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 Rod 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.

McLean High School Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1633 Davidson Road, McLean. Fresh poinsettias, fruit and baked goods, MHS apparel. Free admission. 703-714-7284.

The Great Falls Studios Holiday Show and Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Colvin Run Historic Schoolhouse, 10201 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. Paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, art quilts, and drawings created by Great Falls artists. Admission is free. 703-442-9251.

<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 Carol, the Musical. 2 p.m. at the Alden Theater in the McLean Community Center. Tickets at 703-790-9223 or 703-573-SEAT. Non-perishable food or toy donations accepted for SHARE.

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.

The Great Falls Studios Holiday Show and Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Colvin Run Historic Schoolhouse, 10201 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. Paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, art quilts, and drawings created by Great Falls artists. Admission is free. 703-442-9251.

<b>Monday/Dec. 15</b>

The Dog Waggers: "Wassailing With the Waggers." 7 p.m. $10. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. N.E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

Bedtime Stories. 7 p.m. All ages. Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. 703-356-0770.

Animal Survival. 3 p.m. Hands-on exploration of skulls, bones and fur to learn how animals survive winter. Age 6-12. Great Fall Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. 703-757-8560.

Bilingual Storytime for Preschoolers. 10:30 a.m. Stories and songs. Age 3-5 with adult. Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. 703-242-4020.

Lunch Bunnies. 11 a.m. at the Patrick Henry Library. Bring a snack for stories and songs. Ages 1–5 with adult. 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. 703-938-0405.

<b>Tuesday/Dec. 16</b>

Book Discussion. 10:30 a.m. Call for title. Adults. Great Fall Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. 703-757-8560.

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.

<b>Wednesday/Dec. 17</b>

Walk Waddle and Wiggle.10:30 a.m. Learn about animal locomotion. Age 2-5 with adult. Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. 703-356-0770.

Book discussion Group. 7:15 p.m. Call for title. Adults. Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. 703-356-0770.

2008 GFBPA Holiday Social, will be held at the Riverbend Country Club. Dancing Through the Decades program features D.J. – Megawatts, Inc. – Jon Paul. Cost $125.00 couple /$65.00 per person. Cocktails, Appetizers (cash bar) start at 6:45 p.m.; dinner is at 7:30 p.m. followed by dancing until 10:00 p.m. Respond by Friday, Dec. 12. E-mail g.s.dulaney.bv7f@statefarm.com or call 703-759-415. GFBPA P.O. Box 1454 Great Falls, Va. 22066

Book discussion. 7:30 p.m. Call for title. Adults. Great Fall Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. 703-757-8560.

Book discussion Group. 7:15 p.m. "Galileo’s Daughter" by Dava Sobel. Adults. Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. 703-242-4020.

Miss Belle’s Sing-Along. 10:30 a.m. a the Patrick Henry Library. Enjoy old favorites and original songs. Ages 1–5 with adult. 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. 703-938-0405.

PJ’s and Popcorn. 7 p.m. Watch a movie in your PJ’s, ages 1–5 with adult. 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.

Steps to Reading. 1:30 p.m. at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library. Stories and activities, ages 4–5 with adult. 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-790-8088.

<b>Thursday/Dec. 18</b>

Rude Buddha and Cerca Trova. Rock. 8 p.m. $10. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. N.E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

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.

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

VIP Vienna. 10 a.m. at the Patrick Henry Library. Support group for adults with vision loss. 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. 703-938-0405.

Book Discussion Group. 1:30 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Library. "True North" by Jill K. Conway. 7415 Arlington Blvd. 703-573-1060.

A Christmas Carol, the Musical. 8 p.m. at the Alden Theater in the McLean Community Center. Tickets at 703-790-9223 or 703-573-SEAT. Non-perishable food or toy donations accepted for SHARE.

<b>Friday/Dec. 19</b>

American Legion Post 270 Charity Citrus Fruit Sale. Seedless grapefruit, navel oranges, and Sunburst tangerines fresh from Florida from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at Post 270, 1355 Balls Hill Road, McLean. Holiday Gift Boxes and pure Maple Syrup also available. Proceeds support local community youth, patriotic activities, and veteran needs. 703-356-8259.

James Madison Girls Lacrosse Chili Dinner and Cook-Off, 5-7 p.m. at Madison High School, 2500 James Madison Drive, Vienna. Proceeds benefit the team. Adam Swink will be performing at the dinner. Tickets $8, children 6th grade or younger $5.

Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun Holiday Show. Rock/country/rockabilly. 8 p.m. $20. 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.

Miss Belle. 1 p.m. at the Oakton Library, song and dance for Preschoolers. 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. 703-242-4020.

Game on. 6 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Library. Wii, DDR, Rock Band and more. ages 10-18. 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.

A Christmas Carol, the Musical. 8 p.m. at the Alden Theater in the McLean Community Center. Tickets at 703-790-9223 or 703-573-SEAT.

<b>Saturday/Dec. 20</b>

The Conservatory Ballet’s 37th Annual ‘The Nutcracker," 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Madeira School Theater, 8328 Georgetown Pike, McLean. $24 adults, $18 seniors, $20 age 12 and under. 703-476-4500 or conservatoryballet.com.

American Legion Post 270 Charity Citrus Fruit Sale. Seedless grapefruit, navel oranges, and Sunburst tangerines fresh from Florida from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at Post 270, 1355 Balls Hill Road, McLean. Holiday Gift Boxes and pure Maple Syrup also available. Proceeds support local community youth, patriotic activities, and veteran needs. 703-356-8259.

Rocknoceros Holiday Show and Sing-a-long. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $10. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. N.E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

A My Favorite Highway Christmas and Chelsea Lee. Pop/rock. 7 p.m. $15. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. N.E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

It’s a Hanukkah Happening. 3:30 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Library. Songs and Stories with songwriter Carol Boyd. 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. 703-938-0405.

A Christmas Carol, the Musical. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Alden Theater in the McLean Community Center. Tickets at 703-790-9223 or 703-573-SEAT.

<b>Sunday/Dec. 21</b>

A My Favorite Highway Christmas and Chelsea Lee. Pop/rock. 7 p.m. $15. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. N.E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.