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CLS Calendar, May 14

Events in Clifton/Fairfax Station, Laurel Hill and Springfield

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

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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 Mosaic Harmony choir performs with the Grace Church Choirs May 17.

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Learn about shapes and sizes Tuesday, May 20 at the Lorton library with activities for ages 2-5.

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>Golf Tournament. Lorton Arts Workhouse Classic golf tournament is 9 a.m., at Laurel Hill Golf Club, 8701 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton. Registration 8 a.m. Call 703-517-4548 or 703-495-0001 or see www.lortonarts.org.

Rocky Gutterman, through May 17 at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

<b>Friday/May 16

</b>Rocky Gutterman, through May 17 at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

Dying Fetus, Sworn Enemy, Origin, Thy Will Be Done, Fallen Martyr, Headache, Suffer No More. All ages. $15 in advance, $18 day of. 6:30 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets available at the club or through Ticketmaster. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Nature Night Hike. Nighttime stroll over wooden terrain and look for nightlife. Participants will learn about nocturnal activities of forest residents. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Hike is appropriate for children 7 and older. $5 per adult, $3 for children under 16, prepaid reservations required. Meet at the Visitors Center Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, 703-569-3464.

Ponderings – Scavengers. A naturalist unveils the strange world and diet of scavengers. $4 per person, prepaid reservations required. 4-5 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield, 703-451-9588.

“Three for the Show,” three one-act plays from the Greenspring Players theater group of Springfield, featuring comedy, drama and mystery. $5 per person. 7 p.m. at the Greenspring Retirement Community’s Village Square Theater, 7410 Spring Village Drive, Springfield. Contact Dot Brown at 703-451-1537 to purchase tickets and for information. Continues Saturday.

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>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.

Rocky Gutterman at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

Battle of the Bands with more than 15 groups. All ages. Noon at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets available at the club or through Ticketmaster. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Joint Concerts by Messiah and Aldersgate United Methodist Churches, featuring Rutter’s Manificat and smaller works. Two performances: 3 p.m. at Messiah UMC, 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield, 703-569-9862 and 8 p.m. at Aldersgate UMC, 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria, 703-765-6555.

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.

Nature Nook with a Book – Reptile Love. Hidden Pond’s naturalist presents a free, all-ages program about reptiles. 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. For reservations, call 703-451-8055.

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.

Hike Pohick and South Run Valley Stream Parks: enjoy spring with a 10-mile one-way hike at a moderate pace following the water flow from Mercer and Burke Lakes towards Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Meet at 9:30 a.m. in the cul-de-sac near 7800 Creekside View Lane, Springfield. Bring water and lunch, no pets. Contact Henri Comeau at HenCom75@msn.com or 703-451-7965.

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.

Choir Concert. Grace Presbyterian Church presents a concert by the multicultural interfaith choir Mosaic Harmony and the Grace Church Choirs, 7 p.m. at the church, 7434 Bath St., Springfield. Free, but offering will be collected for Middle East ministries. Reception will follow. Call 703-451-2900 or visit www.gracepresby.org.

“Three for the Show,” three one-act plays from the Greenspring Players theater group of Springfield, featuring comedy, drama and mystery. $5 per person. 2 p.m. at the Greenspring Retirement Community’s Village Square Theater, 7410 Spring Village Drive, Springfield. Contact Dot Brown at 703-451-1537 to purchase tickets and for information. Begins Friday.

<b>Sunday/May 18

</b>Karaoke at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 N. Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

Up In Smoke Fest featuring A Life Once Lost and others. Rescheduled from May 4. All ages. 1 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets available at the club or through Ticketmaster. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

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>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.

Open Mic at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

Candlemass, Daylight Dies, Twister Tower Dire, Withersoul, Wisteria. All ages. $25 in advance, $28 day of. 7:30 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets available at the club or through Ticketmaster. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

<b>Tuesday/May 20

</b>Shapes and Sizes. Stories, Activities and a craft. Age 2-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m. at the Lorton Library 9520 Richmond Highway., Lorton, 703-339-7385.

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>Book Club. “The Mayor of Casterbridge” by Thomas Hardy. Adults. 7:30 p.m. at the Lorton Library 9520 Richmond Hwy., Lorton, 703-339-7385.

Scum of the Earth, Ekotren, Rikets. All ages. $12 in advance, $14 day of. 7 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets available at the club or through Ticketmaster. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

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>Jack Hidle, through May 24 at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

<b>Friday/May 23

</b>Jack Hidle, through May 24 at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

Ponderings – Pond Explorations. Net tadpoles and other critters and watch a Mondo Pondo presentation. Dress to get messy. $5 per person, reservations required. 4-5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield, 703-451-9588.

<b>Saturday/May 24

</b>Jack Hidle at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

MAYHEM show featuring 10 bands. All ages. $10 in advance, $12 day of. 2 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets available at the club or through Ticketmaster. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Sunset Cruise. Admire the sunset and relax cruising the lake shoreline. An interpretive history of the park and area is included. Beverages served on board. $5 per person, reservations required. 7:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, 703-569-3464.

Butterfly Days. Hand decorate paper butterflies and hang them on a special tree. These butterflies symbolize the new beginning for children within the Foster Care system. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in JC Penney Court at Springfield Mall, 6500 Springfield Mall. Call 703-971-3600.

<b>Sunday/May 25

</b>Karaoke at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

<b>Monday/May 26

</b>Memorial Day.

Open Mic at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.