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Calendar, May 14

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Planting demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Heather Hill Gardens Herb Festival Saturday, May 17. Visitors take home a free plant.

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The Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society holds a potting party and plant exchange Sunday, May 18.

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Get an overview of Lorton’s Workhouse Arts Center with a slideshow and lecture Monday, May 19.

To have community events listed, send to southcalendar@connectionnewspapers.com or call 703-917-6440 with questions. Deadline is Friday.

<b>Thursday/May 15

</b>City of Fairfax Daytime Book Club. Book title TBA. Adults. 1 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Call to register, 703-293-6227.

Family Search introduction. Using the Family Search genealogy databases and the Family History Library Catalog to search for your ancestors. Ages 13 and up. 1 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Call to register, 703-293-6227.

Let’s Hear It For The Girls. Mother-daughter book discussion group. Age 9-11 with adult. 7p.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke, 703-978-5600.

Reading Across the Centuries. Join the great literature book group. Writer and university instructor Wendi Kaufman facilitates the discussion. Call information desk for title. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Pohick Regional Library. Adult. 7 p.m. at the Pohick Regional Library 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke, 703-644-7333.

Everyone But Pete, Numa. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. at TT Reynold’s, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. 703-591-9292 and www.ttreynolds.com.

<b>Friday/May 16

</b>Bingo. 7:15 p.m. at Fire Station 3, 4081 University Drive, Fairfax. 703-273-3638.

Zelos, Burn the Ballroom at TT Reynold’s, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. 703-591-9292 and www.ttreynolds.com.

The Iternals and guests. 8 p.m. at Fat Tuesday’s, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. 703-385-5717.

Bike to Work Day. Join area commuters for a celebration of bicycling as a way to get to work. Bikes can ride free on Metrorail and Metro buses for the day. For more information, including a list of local events, visit www.waba.org.

<b>Saturday/May 17

</b>Northern Virginia Regional Group Car Show, open to all pre-1983 vehicles. Registration is $10 in advance, $15 day of, admission is free, but donations accepted. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at City Hall Annex, 10455 Armstrong St., Fairfax. Call 703-352-2787.

Young Lordz at TT Reynold’s, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. 703-591-9292 and www.ttreynolds.com.

Future with Armed Elephant, 8 p.m. at Fat Tuesday’s, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. 703-385-5717.

Arthritis Walk. The Arthritis Foundation’s signature event features a three-mile and one-mile course at Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax. Registration is 9 a.m. and walks are 10 a.m. For more see http://arthritiswalk.kintera.org/fairfax.

Guided Walking Tour. Meet at the Moore House, 3950 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 7 p.m. Call 703-385-8414.

Microsoft Excel Introduction to creating spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel. Ages 13 and Up. 2:30 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Call to register, 703-293-6227.

Neighborhood Plant Clinic. The Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association gives tips and strategies. Cosponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension Service. Adults. Every Saturday in May, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke, 703-978-5600.

Big Band Dinner Auction with the West Springfield High School band boosters, including live music, silent auction and games. 6 p.m. at the school cafeteria, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield. Admission includes dinner and is $20 for adults, $10 for children 5-12. Visit www.wshsband.org/auction.

World Children’s Choir seasonal concert featuring selections from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and music from Austria, Canada, China, Korea, Italy, Japan, Turkey and the United States. 7 p.m. at the Ernest Cultural Center Theater, NOVA Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children, students and seniors. Visit www.WorldChildrensChoir.org or call 703-883-0920.

Heather Hill Gardens Herb Festival, with a British tea party theme, will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 8111 Ox Road, Fairfax Station. Visitors will be able to taste and get recipes for herbal tea party favorites, learn about growing culinary herbs, and container gardening. Planting demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Admission is free, visitors can take home a free herb plant. Call 703-690-6060.

Fairfax Corner Fountain Grand Opening, noon-2 p.m. at the Grand Plaza at Fairfax Corner. Free. Live music and giveaways, chance to win theater tickets and shopping spree. Visit www.fairfaxcorner.com or contact marketing manager May Canete at 703-227-0894 or mcanete@petersoncos.com.

<b>Sunday/May 18

</b>Vocal Concert. Tenor Antonio Giuliano performs 6 p.m. at Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Advance: $20/general, $10/seniors and students; door: $25/general, $15/seniors and students. See www.providencechurch.org or call Kathy at 703-978-3934.

Potting Party and Plant Exchange. The Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society presents a hands-on descriptive program with Bonnie Mirmak on how to prepare soil for potting. Attendees will take home their free potted mum, and are asked to bring one of their own potted and labeled seedling or divided perennial to exchange with a fellow gardener. 2:30 p.m. at the Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls St., Falls Church. Open to the public, free admission and refreshments. Call Jim Dunn at 703-560-8776.

<b>Monday/May 19

</b>Monday Movies. Enjoy a movie based on a book and discuss which is better — the movie or the book. Age 6-18. 3:30 p.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke, 703-978-5600.

By the Light of the Moon. Stories and activities about animals at night. Age 3-6 with adult. 7 p.m. at the Pohick Regional Library 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke, 703-644-7333.

Bob Browns Puppets, part of the Old Town Hall Children’s Performance Series. 10:30 a.m. at the Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Call 703-452-ARTS.

Art in Lorton. Learn about Lorton’s Workhouse Arts Center. View a sideshow on the former Lorton Prison site’s history and hear about the artist studios, art gallery, events center, museum, restaurants and more. Adults. 7:30 p.m. at the Lorton Library 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton, 703-339-7385.

<b>Tuesday/May 20

</b>Book Discussion Group. "I, Claudis" by Robert Graves. Adults. 7:30 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Call to register, 703-293-6227.

Book Discussion Group. "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress" by Sijie Dai. Adults. 11 a.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke, 703-978-5600.

Book Discussion Group. "The God of Small Things" by Arundhatib Roy. Adult. 7:30 p.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke, 703-978-5600.

Evening Book Discussion Group. "Housekeeping" by Marilynne Robinson. Adults. 7:30 p.m. at the Pohick Regional Library 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke, 703-644-7333.

Spring Concert by the West Springfield High School Band, 7:30 p.m. at the school, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield. Free. Additional concert Wednesday. Visit www.wshsband.org.

<b>Wednesday/May 21

</b>Writer’s Roundtable. Discuss work with other writers. Adults. 7:30 p.m. at the Pohick Regional Library 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke, 703-644-7333.

Spring Concert by the West Springfield High School Band, 7:30 p.m. at the school, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield. Free. Additional concert Tuesday. Visit www.wshsband.org.

<b>Thursday/May 22

</b>The Echo Boomers, Educated Consumers. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. TT Reynold’s, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. 703-591-9292 and www.ttreynolds.com.

<b>Friday/May 23

</b>Bingo. 7:15 p.m. at Fire Station 3, 4081 University Drive, Fairfax. 703-273-3638.

Sematic at TT Reynold’s, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. 703-591-9292 and www.ttreynolds.com.

BPM, Three Legged Fox, Poor Man’s Lobster. 8 p.m. at Fat Tuesday’s, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. 703-385-5717.

Little Acorns: Moms and Babies. Listen to a story, sing a song and take a trail walk in search of wildlife and their young. Suitable for ages 2-3, $5 per child, prepaid reservations required. 9:45-10:30 a.m. or 11-11:45 a.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale, 703-941-1065.

<b>Saturday/May 24

</b>Guided Walking Tour. Meet at the Moore House, 3950 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 7 p.m. Call 703-385-8414.

Snake and Turtle Feeding. Brief presentation and demonstration, at least one snake and two turtles are fed. $2 per person, reservations are required. 1-2 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale, 703-941-1065.

Goodnight Walk: Sounds of the Night. Learn about animal sounds and take a nighttime stroll along the Old Oak Trail. Suitable for ages 4 and older with an adult. $5 per child, prepaid reservations required. 7-8 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale, 703-941-1065.

Backyard Games and Outdoor Fun. Celebrate National Backyard Games Week with a free afternoon of outdoor games with a nature twist. Suitable for ages 4 and older with an adult. Reservations required. 2-3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale, 703-941-1065.

Wolf Trap Ribbon Cutting. Construction and improvements to the Main Gate facilities, including plaza, restrooms, gift shop, box office and concession stands, at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, will be officially completed with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6:15 p.m. Visit www.wolftrap.org.

<b>Sunday/May 25

</b>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.

Ride of the Patriots. 10th anniversary ride begins 7 a.m. at Patriot Harley Davidson, 9739 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax. Call 703-642-8213 or visit www.patriothd.com.

“Blast Off”: The U.S. Marine Band begins the summer performance series at the Filene Center of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, 8 p.m. Program includes John Philip Sousa, John Williams, Morton Gould, Aaron Copland, Leroy Anderson and Ernesto Lecuona, and finale fireworks display. Free, no tickets required. Call 703-255-1900 or visit www.wolftrap.org.