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Fairfax Station, Laurel Hill & Springfield Connection 7/10

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Ekoji Buddhist Temple host the 27th Annual Obon Summer Festival on Saturday, July 12, 5:30-9 p.m., 6500 Lake Haven Lane, Fairfax Station. This Buddhist observance to honor ancestors includes Japanese folk dancing, crafts, games, a candle illumination ceremony, traditional Japanese food, temple tours, lectures and taiko drumming performed by Nen Daiko. Free. For more, visit www.ekoji.org or call 703-239-0500.

Send notes to the Connection at south@connectionnewspapers.com or call 703-917-6459. Deadline is Friday. Dated announcements should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.

Friday/July 11

Blues Jazz Ensemble performed by the United States Army Band. A component of “Pershing’s Own” and one of the few remaining professional big bands. 7:30 p.m. Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield. Free. Call 703-324-7469 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.

Friday Flicks. Bring lunch and join us for stories and a short movie. Birth-5 with adult. 12 p.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call to register 703-971-0010.

Mr. Brian and the Boppets. Puppet fun and high energy music. 2:30 p.m. All ages. Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Call to register 703-339-7385.

Friends of Richard Byrd Library Summer Book Sale. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Books and media offerings. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Purchases help fund valuable library programs.

Summer Birds and Bagels. 8-10:30 a.m. Explore woodland and wetland at Huntley Meadows to observe bird life, followed by juice and bagels at the Visitor Center. Binoculars and field guides recommended; reservations required. $6 per adult. Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Call 703-768-2525.

Localplooza, Dead Syndicate. 6:16 p.m. All ages; $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Saturday/July 12

What's the Matter? Chemistry with fizz, foam and flash presented by Maryland Science Center. 2:30 p.m. Age 6-12. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call to register 703-339-4610.

Lorton Community Action Center Summer Raffle. The drawing will be at Lorton Town Center, in the gazebo. Tickets will be sold at various events including the Lorton Fourth of July parade. Proceeds will help fund food bank programs. Call Lorton Community Action Center, 703-339-5161 X22.

Friends of Richard Byrd Library Summer Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Books and media offerings. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Purchases help fund valuable library programs.

27th Annual Obon Summer Festival. 5:30-9 p.m. This Buddhist observance to honor ancestors, hosted by Ekoji Buddhist Temple, will include Japanese folk dancing, crafts, games, a candle illumination ceremony, traditional Japanese food, temple tours, lectures, and taiko drumming performed by Nen Daiko. Free. Open to the public. 5:30-9 p.m., 6500 Lake Haven Lane, Fairfax Station. Visit www.ekoji.org or call 703-239-0500.

Maple Ridge Ground Breaking Ceremony and Block Party hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia in celebration of the new Maple Ridge condominium building. Face painting, games, and a raffle. Live music performed by Common Ground. Food sponsored by Windows Catering Company. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at 4150 Stevenson St., Fairfax. For more, see www.habitatnova.org or call Megan Coleman at 703-521-9890 ext. 111.

Scream the Prayer Tour 2008: Sleeping Giant and Impending Doom with My Children My Bride, War of Ages, Before Their Eyes, Blessed by a Broken Heart, Soul Embraced, With Blood Comes Cleansing, Here I Come Falling, A Kiss For Jersey, Agraceful and more. 1:15 p.m. All ages; $14 in advance, $16 at the door. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Sunday/July 13

Birding for Beginners: Optics and Field Guides. 8-10:30 a.m. Learn basic identification skills; programs begins with a discussion of field guides and optics. Reservations required. $6 per adult. Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Call 703-768-2525.

Saint Diablo, Occam's Razor, Property, Mercy Forgotten, Unknown, Severed Henge. 7 p.m. All ages; $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Monday/July 14

Practice Your English. Conversation group for people learning English. 7 p.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call 703-971-0010.

What's the Matter? Chemistry with fizz, foam and flash presented by Maryland Science Center. Age 6-12. 2:30 p.m. Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Call to register 703-339-7385.

Practice Your English. Conversation group for people learning English. Adults. 3 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Call 703-451-8055.

Book Chat. A different kind of book group: Stop in to share your current favorites or just to hear what other people are reading. All ages. 4 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Call to register 703-451-8055.

Tuesday/July 15

On the Ball. Spinny Johnson, former Harlem globetrotter, performs fun and amazing basketball tricks. Age 6-12. 7:00 p.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call to register 703-971-0010.

Summertime Fun. Hot stories and activities. Age 13-23 months with adult. 10:30 a.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call to register 703-339-4610

Comics Around the World. See comics from around the world and create your own with graphic artist and author Matt Dembicki. Age 12-18. 7 p.m. Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Call to register 703-339-7385.

Lilly’s Plastic Purse. Stories and activities about Lilly. Bring your camera. Age 2-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Call to register 703-451-8055.

Wednesday 13 with Kysmet, Atomic Foxtrot, Morgue Rats, and more. 7 p.m. All ages; $13 in advance, $16 at the door. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Wednesday/July 16

Sun Fun. Stories and activities. 10:30 a.m. Age 2-5 with adult. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call to register 703-971-0010.

Book Discussion Group. Call for title. 7:15 p.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call 703-971-0010.

Artful Doodles. A graphic artist presents drawing basics in this hands-on program. Age 6-12. 10:30 a.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call to register 703-339-4610.

Practice Your English. Conversation group for people learning English. 10:15 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call 703-339-4610.

Reading Magic. A magic show full of comedy and good old-fashioned fun with Turley the Magician. Age 6-12. 2:30 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Call to register 703-451-8055.

Pet First Aid and CPR. 6-10 p.m. A workshop to teach how to stop bleeding, handle choking, fashion splints and more. $45 fee includes workshop and book. Reservations required. Lake Accotink Park, 7550 Accotink Park Road, Springfield. Call 703-569-0285.

Thursday/July 17

Irish Cultural Heritage Night. Enjoy the heritage with traditional music, song and dance including the “Mise Eire” poem. 7:30 p.m. Ossian Hall Park, 7900 Heritage Drive, Annandale. Free. Call 703-324-7469 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.

Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead. 6:30-11 p.m. Spooky movie film festival with Count Gore De Vol and Lloyd Kaufman. Cinema Arts Theatre, Fair City Mall, 9650 Main St., Fairfax. Call 703-968-6853 or visit www.cinemaartstheatre.com.

Springfield Writers’ Group. Share your work, give and receive feedback in a supportive setting. 7 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Call to register 703-451-8055.

Friday/July 18

NVCC Annandale Symphony Orchestra Summer Pops collection. Under the leadership of Christopher Johnston. 7:30 p.m. Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield. Free. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances or call 703-324-7469.

Friday Flicks. Bring a lunch and enjoy stories and a short movie. Birth-5 with adult. Noon. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call to register 703-971-0010.

Ones at a Time. Short stories and activities. Age 13-23 months with adult. 10:30 a.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Call to register 703-451-8055.

Nature Photography Camp. Teens 12-16 will learn to use digital photography and printing. Images will be entered in the Friends of Huntley Meadows annual photo contest. Camp runs for five days, from 9 a.m.-1p.m. $100, reservations required. Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Call 703-768-2525.

Carnifex with A Stained Glass Romance, Knives Exchanging Hands, A Bloodbath In Boston, Rise Of Icarus, Bloodlines, Slaughter Of Innocence, and more. 5:15 p.m. All ages; $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Saturday/July 19

Comics Around the World. See comics from around the world and create your own with graphic artist and author Matt Dembicki. Age 12-18. 2:30 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call to register 703-339-4610.

Crustaceans. Learn about all the crustaceans found here in Fairfax County, maybe even in your backyard. Meet these “locals” and the other live specimens that will be on hand. 10:30 a.m. All ages. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Call to register 703-451-8055.

Kayak with the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust. 7-10 a.m. Launching from 6501 Pohick Bay Drive, Lorton. Call 703-354-5093.

Gold’s Gym Grand Opening in Fairfax Station. Food, prizes, free group exercise classes and membership offers will be available from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The new gym is located at 5620-A Ox Road, Fairfax Station.

Green Tree Frog Excursion. Look for green tree frogs, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $10 per family, reservations required. Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Call 703-631-0013.

Bat Watching. 8-9:30 p.m. Learn about the diversity of bats with a slide illustrated lecture, then search the sky for bats. $6 per adult, $4 per child. Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. To reserve call 703-768-2525.

L.A. Guns with Faster Pussycat, Bang Tango, High 4, Sinner's Trail. 8 p.m. Age 21+. $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Monday/July 21

Practice Your English. Conversation group for people learning English. 7 p.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call 703-971-0010.

Books: Passport to Adventure. Listen to stories about other countries and play games children play around the world. Age 6-12. 2 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call to register 703-339-4610.

A Tangle of Tales by Grey Seal Puppets. Colorful puppets present stories from around the world, including The Frog Prince. 2:30 p.m. All ages. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Call to register 703-451-8055.

Practice Your English. Conversation group for people learning English. Adults. 3 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Call 703-451-8055.