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Clifton, Laurel Hill & Springfield Calendar 8/1

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/Aug. 1

Friday Flicks. Bring a lunch and enjoy 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.

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.

Saturday/Aug. 2

Martial Arts: A Family Affair. Program includes martial arts demonstrations by students from Bushido Studios. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call to register 703-339-4610.

Kayak with the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust. 7-10 a.m. Launching from Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton.

Bullet Boys with Bucket, Baby Jayne, Another Empty Box and more. 8 p.m. Age 21+; $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Sunday/Aug. 3

Suspyre, Odin's Court, Dark Empire, Wisteria and more. 5:30 p.m. All ages; $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Huntley Meadows Offers Family Walks for Spanish Speakers. 3-4:30 p.m. Bring Spanish-speaking friends and family to stroll the 1 1/2-mile trail at Huntley Meadows Park with an interpreter in English and Spanish. The park has a rich history to share with participants walking along flat trails and a wooden boardwalk over the fresh-water wetland. After the walk, explore the exhibits in the Visitor Center. Free. Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Call 703-768-2525.

Monday/Aug. 4

Practice Your English. Conversation group for people learning English. No registration necessary. 7 .p.m. John Marshall Library. 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call 703-971-0010

Clowning Around. Learn all about being a clown in celebration of National Clown Week. Hands-on balloon activities will be included. Age 8-12. 1 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call to register 703-339-4610.

What’s the Matter? Chemistry with fizz, foam and flash presented by Maryland Science Center. Age 6-12. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Call to register 703-451-8055

Inova Blood Drive. Photo ID required. Appointments preferred: call 1-866-256-6372. All ages. 2-7 p.m. 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

Tuesday/Aug. 5

The Dog Days of Summer. 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.

Wednesday/Aug. 6

Anime Night. Come watch anime movies and discuss your favorites. Age 13-18. 6 p.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call to register 703-971-0010.

A Day at the Beach with Under the Sea. See creatures you'd find at the shore and learn about sand, waves, tides and sun. Age 6-12. 2:30 p.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.

Discover Art. Art bingo, reader's theater and craft fun. Age 6-12. 3 p.m. Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Call to register 703-339-7385.

Keith Caputo (lead singer of Life of Agony) and more bands. 7:30 p.m. All ages; $11 in advance, $13 at the door. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Thursday/Aug. 7

Peruvian Cultural Heritage Night. Celebrate Peru’s cultural heritage with dancing, poetry reading, music, crafts and food. 7:30 p.m. Ossian Hall Park, 7900 Heritage Drive, Annandale. Free. Call 703-324-7469 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.

Let's Play Games Around the World. Learn how to play games that kids from different countries around the world play. Age 6-12 2:30 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call to register 703-339-4610.

Daytime Book Discussion Group. “Ciao America” by Beppe Severignini. 12:15 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call 703-339-4610.

Friday/Aug. 8

Falls Church Concert Band. A diverse set of concert, popular and patriotic tunes in the Big Band style. 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 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.

N8apalooza 2. 5 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/Aug. 9

Metal Church, Division, Not-Liable, Tranquil Terror and more. 8 p.m. Age 21+; $17 in advance, $20 at the door. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Monday/Aug. 11

Sunny Stories. 10:30 a.m. Stories to make smiles. Age 24-35 months with adult. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Court, Alexandria. Call 703-339-4610.

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

Sunny Stories. Stories that make you smile. Age 24-35 months with adult. 10:30 a.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call to register 703-339-4610.

The Nicolo Whimsey Show. Nicolo the Jester shares his juggling, clowning and comedy. Age 6-12. 10:30 a.m. 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.

Book Chat. Stop in to share current favorites or 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/Aug. 12

Lighters and Matches Are Tools for Grown-ups Only. A puppet show presented by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Participants will receive a helmet, activity book and parent brochure. Age 3-7 with adult. Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Call to register 703-339-7385.

Wednesday/Aug. 13

Lunch Bunnies. Bring lunch and the fun will be supplied. Age 1-5 with adult. Noon. 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.

Thursday/Aug. 14

Traditional Folk Music Night. Andrew Acosta performs traditional folk, blues and bluegrass. With The New Old-Time String Band and Speedy Tolliver. 7:30 p.m. Ossian Hall Park, 7900 Heritage Drive, Annandale. Free. Call 703-324-7469 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.

The Nicolo Whimsey Show. Nicolo the Jester shares his juggling, clowning and comedy. Age 6-12. 10:30 a.m. John Marshall Library. 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call to register 703-971-0010

Balloon Animals. Learn how to make your own balloon animal. Age 6-12. 1 p.m. Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Call to register 703-339-7385.

Friday/Aug. 15

Kings Park Concert Band. 55 adult volunteers under a professional conductor will play Big Band style. 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 a lunch and enjoy stories and a short movie. Birth-5 with adult. 12 noon. John Marshall Library. 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call to register 703-971-0010.

Teddy Bear Picnic. Stories, songs, and activities about teddy bears. Bring your favorite bear. Age 2-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Call to register 703-451-8055.

Gorgeous Frankenstein with BellaMorte, The Banner, and more. 7 p.m. All ages; $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Saturday/Aug. 16

Sting Things. Who are the creatures that can sting? Learn about the bugs and even a plant that can sting, as well as how to avoid getting stung. 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 Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton.