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<b>Thursday/Sept. 11</b>

The Town of Vienna's seventh annual "A Day to Remember" community commemoration of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. will be held at 10 a.m. on the grounds of the historic Freeman House, 131 Church St., N.E, Vienna. The public is invited to remember those who lost their lives and to show support for those engaged in the ongoing fight against terrorism. "A Day to Remember" is sponsored by Vienna's American Legion Post 180 in cooperation with the Town of Vienna. For more information, contact Post 180 at 703-938-9535.

My Favorite Highway, We Shot the Moon and Mercy Mercedes. Rock. 7 p.m. $15. Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Fall FusionFest. 5:30-8 p.m. Meet tech executives, leaders and newsmakers. Beverages, snacks and prizes. Registration, Reston Town Center Pavilion, 11900 Market St., Reston. NVTC members $55, non-members $80. http://www.nvtc.org/events/geteventinfo.

Bat Basics. 7-8:30 p.m. Learn about the importance of bats. $5 per child; children 12 and up Reservations required. Cub Run Rec Center, 4630 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. 703-8127-9407.

Astronaut Tom Jones and Military Historian Bob Dorr, authors of "Hellhawks! The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler's Wehrmacht." 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the 2941Restaurant, 2941 Fairview Park, Falls Church. Sponsored by the Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce, 513 Maple Ave. West, Vienna. Register rs6.net/tn.jsp.

<b>Friday/Sept. 12</b>

John Eddie. Rock. 9:30 p.m. $15. Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Bluegrass music by Jimmy and Moondi. 6:30 p.m. Free; bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. the Vienna Town Green, 144 Maple Ave., E., Vienna. Call 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.

September 12 is the registration deadline for an overnight trip to the casinos in Atlantic City Thursday, Oct. 9 and Friday, Oct. 10, sponsored by the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department. A charter bus will leave at 10:30 a.m. Thursday from the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E., and return 8 p.m. Friday. The cost per person for Town of Vienna residents is $179 single occupancy, $130 double occupancy, and $121 triple occupancy. For out-of-town participants the cost per per person is $198 single occupancy, $151 double occupancy, and $140 triple occupancy. Call 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.

<b>Saturday/Sept. 13</b>

The 38th annual International Children's Festival. Sept. 13 and Sept. 14, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The 2008 Festival will showcase musicians, dancers, and martial artists from China, Finland, Ghana and Jordan and will feature the Canadian percussionists ScrapArtsMusic. Four stages around the park offer entertainment by more than 20 groups from this region. Tickets available online or at the gate; $12 for adults, $10 for children and seniors. Weekend passes are $18 for adults, $15 for children and seniors. Admission is free for children 2 years and under. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Visit www.internationalchildrensfestival.org.

ZNA Koi Show. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See some of the most beautiful fish in the world along with a special Bonsai display and demonstration. Vendors for koi ponds, fish and plants will be present. Free. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna. Call 703-255-3631

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. Children’s rock and ‘kid-hop’; 10:30 a.m. Tickets $8. Steve Forbert. Acoustic/roots, 7 p.m. Tickets $20. Future and Can’t Hang. Rock, 10 p.m. Tickets $10. All at Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

The American Association of University Women will hold an open house from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Drop by for coffee, bagels, and conversation about upcoming branch programs and special interest groups. Free. Call 703-938-1581 or visit www.aauwofva.org/branches/vienna.

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm: An 18th Century Wedding. 2 p.m. Come celebrate with the colonial farm family. Witness an 18th century style wedding ceremony. Dance with the bride and groom, and taste the traditional wedding cake. Great family activity. $3 adults, $2 children and senior citizens; complimentary admission with Farm membership. Weather permitting; call 703-903-9330 day of event. Explore expanded Gatehouse Shop, featuring educational materials

and unique gifts. For information on programs, events and membership please visit www.1771.org. The Claude Moore Colonial Farm, 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Call 703-442-7557.

The American Institute of Architects Northern Virginia Chapter workshop: How To Work With An Architect. McLean architect Randall Mars, AIA, discusses how to plan the ideal new home or renovation. How to find an architect, to communicate needs and ideas, and what to expect. Free. 10 a.m., at AIA Northern Virginia, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria. Registrations requested. E-mail reservations@aianova.org or call 703-549-9747.

Why Don't My Children Listen to Me? 1:30-3 p.m. A free workshop for parents, Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call 301-929-8824 to register.

Ice Cream Making. 4 p.m. Help hand-crank, and sample the results for $1 per cup. Colvin Run Mill,10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. 703-759-2771.

Warren Brown, author of CakeLove. Discussion and book signing by local celebrity baker. 5 p.m. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 7851 Tysons Corner Center, McLean. 703-506.2937 or www.bn.com.

The Madison High School band and color guard annual tag day, a fund-raiser that helps with equipment, travel, supplemental instruction. Brenda Klimavicz 703-242-8724

Matthias Goetz paintings on canvas and acrylic glass, 12-6 p.m.

Historic Pleasant Grove, at 8641 Lewinsville Road, McLean. 703-992 9612

<b>Sunday, September 14</b>

Amadeus Concerts, under the direction of A. Scott Wood, opens its 28th season with "Viva La Voce," an afternoon of songs and arias from well-loved operas. Four award-winning soloists, hosted by Frank Conlon, Amadeus pianist-in-residence. Sungji Kim, Soprano; Lena Seikaly, Mezzo-Soprano; Richard Novak, Tenor; and Jay Jung, Baritone. 4 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 9220 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA 22066. Admission: $25, including post-concert refreshments and a chance to meet the performers. Students 17 and under free. Call 703-759-5334 or visit www.amadeusconcerts.com.

ZNA Koi Show. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See some of the most beautiful fish in the world along with a special Bonsai display and demonstration. Last year’s senior koi judge came from Japan, and the fish on display came from throughout the east coast. Vendors for koi ponds, fish and plants will be present. Free. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna. Call 703-255-3631.

Natural History of Tropical Plants. 2 p.m. Learn about the geographic origins of these notable plants and their evolutionary adaptations. This is a follow-up to a previous Tropical Plants program. Reservations recommended; free. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna. Call 703-255-3631.

Songwriters Circle, featuring Luke Brindley, Anthony Fiacco, Shane Hines and Todd Wright. Acoustic. 7 p.m. $10. Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

The Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society will present a one-hour descriptive program by Past President of the Potomac Lily Society, Jack Roe, discussing selection, growing, and exhibiting the true Lilies. Also, there will be an introduction of the lily bulbs available for the next growing season. At the Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls Street, Falls Church, at 2:30 PM. Free Admission and Refreshments. Call Jim Dunne 703-560-8776.

<b>Monday/Sept. 15</b>

Summers with Lincoln book signing. 7:30 p.m. Local author and West Springfield High history teacher James Percoco, presents his third book "Summers with Lincoln," as Richard Byrd Library unveils its new We the People bookshelf. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce Street, Springfield. Free, adults; registration required, call 703-451-8055.

Potomac Valley Shetland Sheepdog Club. 7:30 p.m. Free, open to the public. Following a short business meeting, Virginia Torsch Blose will give a presentation on Disaster Planning for Pets, including planning for hurricanes and other types of disasters such as what to do in case of a fire. Refreshments. Bring your dog and meet other Sheltie owners and breeders. Prospective Shetland Sheepdog owners are also welcome. In the meeting room of the Dunn Loring Firehouse, 2148 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring. www.PotomacValleySSC.com.

Nature Snoopers: Monarchs in the Meadow. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tag Monarchs and track their flight. $4 per child. Suitable for age 5-6. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly. 703-631-0013.

<b>Tuesday/Sept. 16</b>

Kyle Patrick and Jess Ruben, with Chelsea Lee. Pop/acoustic. 7:30 p.m. $10. Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Michael Scott will read and sign "The Magician" at 7 p.m. at Borders Fairfax. Call 703-359-8420. After fleeing Ojai, Nicholas, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty emerge in Paris, home for Nicholas Flamel. For

Flamel, the Prophesy is becoming more clear.

Bob Schieffer will discuss and sign "Bob Schieffer's America" at 7:30 p.m. at Borders Bailey's Crossroads. Call 703-998-0404. Wise, rueful, candid, graceful commentaries from one of journalism's most stylish and respected writers. Smart, humorous, commonsensical, pitch-perfect-sometimes bitingly critical and plainspoken, other times suffused with wonder or delight-these essays speak to us all.

Social Networking and the 2008 Election. Registration 7:30 a.m., Program 8-9:30 a.m. Learn about the latest trends in social networking technology and their impact on the 2008 elections. Patton Boggs, 8484 Westpark Drive, Ninth Floor, McLean. NVTC members $45, non-members $75. http://www.nvtc.org/events/geteventinfo.

<b>Wednesday/Sept. 17</b>

Killola and The Action Design with Ringleader. Pop/rock. 7 p.m. $10. Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Bus tour of historic Richmond. A charter bus will leave at 8 a.m. from the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E., and return at 6 p.m. The cost of $60 for Town of Vienna residents and $75 for out-of-town participants includes transportation, guided tour of the newly renovated capitol building and the John Marshall house, self-guided tour of the Virginia Historical Society, and lunch at the Can Can Brasserie in the Carytown neighborhood. Call Vienna Parks and Recreation at 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.

Rocknoceros.12:30 p.m. Free Jammin' Juniors Fall Concert Series. Alden Theatre at the McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd., at the intersection of Route 123 and Old Dominion Drive. 703-790-0123 or www.mcleancenter.org.

<b>Thursday/Sept. 18</b>

Chapter 227, Vietnam Veterans of America Inc., invites all veterans, friends, and the general public to attend the Sept. 18 chapter meeting at Neighbor’s Restaurant, 262D Cedar Lane, Cedar Lane Shopping Center, Vienna, at 7:30 p.m. Martin J. Schram, author and syndicated journalist, will discuss his new book, Vets Under Siege: How America Deceives and Dishonors Those Who Fight Our Battles. Also, the membership will celebrate its 23rd anniversary of serving veterans, military personnel, and the community. Admission is free. Call Len Ignatowski at 703-255-0353 or visit www.vva227.org. The membership serves as a ‘fire support base’ for veterans who are seeking a renewal of their Vietnam camaraderie.

Pete Francis and Josh Dion. Rock/acoustic/jam. 7:30 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Local Author Bill Farrell presents Turning Your Life into a Story, a discussion for adults who want write their life stories. 10 a.m. at the Unitarian Church, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd, Vienna.

The Home and Community Club of Great Falls will host a presentation by Sharon Lynn, Assistant Director Fairfax Area Agency on Aging at The Great Falls Library.1-2 p.m. 703-759-5967

<b>Friday/September 19</b>

AAUW 39th Used Book Sale, to benefit McLean Branch American Association of University Women's Scholarships. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free admission. McLean Community Center,1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Call 703-448-9195 or www.mcleanaauw.org.

Caroline Herring. Country/roots. 7:30 p.m. $12. Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Ron Sexsmith. Folk/rock. 10 p.m. $18. Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Vienna area 6th, 7th and 8th graders are invited to a "Back 2 School" dance from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Club Phoenix Teen Center, located in the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna. Free. DJ, food, and games. Club Phoenix features

a big screen TV, VCR, jukebox, CD player, video games, pool and ping pong tables, food area and a state-of-the-art sound system. Call 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.

Friday Adventure Walkers, sponsored by the Vienna Parks and

Recreation Department, will meet from 10-11 a.m. each Friday at a different location around Fairfax County. The first walk will be in Vienna on Sept. 19; other walks will include Thaiss Park, Burke Lake Park, Riverbend Park, and Hemlock Overlook regional Park. The cost for five walks is $10 for Town of Vienna residents and $12.50 for out-of-town participants, and includes walking guides and maps. Transportation to each walk destination is on your own. Call703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.