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Burke & Fairfax Calendar

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<b>Wednesday/April 15

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

Yummy Stories About Food, 10:30 a.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. 703-293-6227.

Needlework Group, 10:30 a.m. at the Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Bring a project to work on in the company of other needlecrafters. Adults. 703-249-1520.

<b>Thursday/April 16

</b>Barrage. Fiddle music, song and dance. 8 p.m. at The Barns. $27. Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 1-877-WOLFTRAP.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, 7 p.m. at the Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets $14-$95, available by Phonecharge at 703-573-SEAT or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Ballyhoo and Revel, 10 p.m. at Fat Tuesdays, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. 703-385-5717.

All the Colors of the Rainbow, 10:30 a.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. 703-293-6227.

Yoga for Preschoolers, 10:30 a.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Have fun and get fit with your preschooler. Dress comfortably. Age 3-5 with adult. 703-978-5600.

Genealogy Databases, 2 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Search for ancestors using the library’s genealogy databases and other free Internet resources. Age 13 and up. 703-293-6227.

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

Earth Day: Birthday! 10:30 a.m. at the Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Stories, songs and a craft celebrating our Earth. Age 2-5 with adult. 703-249-1520.

Afternoon Reading Group, 1 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. Adults. 703-293-6227.

Boyd School Trike-a-Thon. 9:30-11:30 a.m., 3909 Oak St, Fairfax. Proceeds benefit St. Judes Research Hospital. For more, visit www.theboydschool.com, e-mail Fairfaxdirector@theboydschool.com or call 703-934-0920.

<b>Friday/April 17

</b>The Hint CD Release, 6 p.m. at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $10 advance, $12 at the door. 703-255-1566 or jamminjava.com.

Barrage. Fiddle music, song and dance. 8 p.m. at The Barns. $27. Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 1-877-WOLFTRAP.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus,10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets $14-$95, available by Phonecharge at 703-573-SEAT or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Lucky Dub and No Quick Fix, 10 p.m. at Fat Tuesdays, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. 703-385-5717.

Lake Accotink Adult Civil War History Program, at Braddock Hall in the King’s Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. The focus is on 1860’s life in Fairfax County during the Civil War, the role of women during the war, slavery in 1860s society and period entertainments. $10 fee. Pre-registration required by March 28 at 703-569-3464.

NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra presents ‘ Images of Spain and Russia.’ 8 p.m. Under the direction of conductor Christopher Johnston, the NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra performs Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition;” Edouard Lalo’s “Symphonie Espagnole,” with soloist Marlisa del Cid Woody of the U.S. Army Strings; and the “Overture to Semiramide” by Gioacchino Rossini. Presented by Northern Virginia Community College & The Reunion Music Society Admission: $15 adults, $10 seniors and students with ID and children under 12 free. For more, call 703-569-0973 or www.reunionmusic.org. Purchase advance tickets at 703-569-0973 or joseph@pincus.org.

Musicale & Opening Reception. 8 p.m., in Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. This black-tie opening celebration includes performances by outstanding young musicians and performers from The City of Fairfax Band, George Mason University, American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Fairfax Choral Society’s Master Singers and Fairfax High School. During the evening there will also be presentations to sponsors of the Spotlight on the Arts Festival, and recognition of individuals who have contributed to the arts and cultural well being of the community. A dessert, coffee and wine reception follows. To request an invitation, call 703-352-ARTS.

Student Art Exhibition. All day at Northern Virginia Community College, Verizon Gallery, Annandale Campus, student artwork. Exhibition includes all media, including drawing, design, painting, photography, computer graphics, ceramics and sculpture. 703-323-2135, www.nvcc.edu.

<b>Saturday/April 18

</b>Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets $14-$95, available by Phonecharge at 703-573-SEAT or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Sally Ride Science Festival, 11 a.m.-4:15 p.m. at George Mason University in Fairfax. Discovery workshops by local scientists and engineers, workshops for parents and teachers on ways to support students' interests in science and math, and speaker cosmochemist Laurie Leshin, director of sciences and exploration at the Goddard Space Flight Center and leader of the largest science organization within NASA. Lunch, activities, booths, and music included. $20 from March 23. Advance registration required. 1-800-561-5161 or www.sallyridescience.com.

Hot Rooster, 10 p.m. at Fat Tuesdays, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. 703-385-5717.

You Can Do it! A Get-With-It Earth Day Puppet Show, 10:30 a.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. How kids can make a difference by helping to protect Mother Earth. Presented by Puppetopia Puppets. All ages. 703-293-6227.

Summer Reading Program Sneak Preview, 10 a.m. at the Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. A sneak preview of 2009's Summer Reading Program. Youth Services Staff will discuss their favorite books. 703-249-1520.

Online Job Searching, 2:30 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Search for jobs and post your resume at major job sites such as Monster and HotJobs. Adults. 703-293-6227.

Lake Accotink Adult Civil War History Program, at Braddock Hall in the King’s Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. The focus is on 1860s life in Fairfax County during the Civil War, the role of women during the war, slavery in 1860s society and period entertainments, with additional presentations on medicine, soldier’s camp life, learning to load cannon, rudimentary infantry drill and firing blank rounds in a black powder musket. $10 fee. Pre-registration required by March 28 at 703-569-3464.

ECHO Yard Sale. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Bernadette Catholic Church Gym, 7600 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. All proceeds are used to support ECHO programs. For additional information call 703-569-9160 or 703-440-1353.

Fairfax Art League Art Show & Reception. 2-4 p.m., at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. A celebration of local art by award-winning artists. Presentation of awards. Refreshments The Cleo Diver Memorial Scholarship will be presented to a Fairfax High School senior, art major. 703-352-ARTS, www.fairfaxartleague.com.

City of Fairfax Band Annual Spotlight on the Arts Concert. 8 p.m., at Fairfax High School Auditorium, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax. The audience will be "center stage" as a myriad of symphonic sounds emanates from every corner of the concert hall. The 2009 scholarship winner of the band’s Young Artist Competition also will be featured in a solo performance with the band. This program is funded in part by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts and the Virginia Commission on the Arts. Admission: $13 Adults, $7 seniors (60+) and all students free. 703-757-0220, www.fairfaxband.org.

<b>Sunday/April 19

</b>Tim O’Brien. 7:30 p.m. at The Barns. $24. Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 1-877-WOLFTRAP.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets $14-$95, available by Phonecharge at 703-573-SEAT or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Lecture by J. Michael Miller on the "Battle of Bristoe Station” to the Frank Stringfellow Camp #822 Sons of Confederate Veterans, 7 p.m., at the American Legion, 3939 Oak St., Fairfax. Open to the public; $10 for supper at 6 p.m., lecture only $5. Call 703-250-8705 or stringfellowbuva@worldnet.att.net.

The American Philharmonic, conducted by Luis Haza of the National Symphony Orchestra, will perform “Virtuosity” at 1 p.m., at George Mason University Center for the Arts in Fairfax. The concert features violinist Marina Aikawa, AYP Concertmistress and protege of Maestro Luis Haza, performing Paganini's “Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major.” Repertoire also includes Verdi's “Overture to Nabucco,” Tchaikovsky's “Pas de deux” from “Nutcracker Suite No. 2” and Elgar's “Enigma Variations.” Tickets are $10 for students, including college; $10 for seniors, age 62 and above; and $14 for adults. Children ages 5 and younger are free. Buy tickets at www.aypo.org or at the door.

“Up, Up, and Away: Travel Hints in a Down Economy,” 2 p.m., talk and discussion by Carol Sotilli, travel writer for The Washington Post. Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, 10209 Main St., Fairfax. Free. Light refreshments will be served. 703-385-8414.

‘The Sari Soldiers’ a film by Julie Bridgham. 4-6 p.m., at the Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Tickets: $10 and students: $8. Online purchase available at www.cmiNepal.org.

Electric Sunday. Fairfax County residents will be able to recycle televisions, computers and peripheral electronic devices from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Interstate 66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax. This is a free service available only to Fairfax County residents provided by Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program. Devices from businesses will not be accepted at these events. For more, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/recycling or call 703-324-5250, TTY 711.

Third Annual Bluegrass Bonanza. 6 p.m., at The Auld Shebeen Irish Restaurant and Pub in Old Town 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Come have dinner in a real, family friendly Irish restaurant and pub while enjoying the haunting and evocative sound of Bluegrass. Listen to some of the finest Bluegrass groups in these parts perform authentic American bluegrass. Reservations highly recommended. Call 703-293-9600. Cover charge for the Bluegrass Festival: $10. www.the auldshebeenva.com.

<b>Monday/April 20

</b>Monday Movies. 3:30 p.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Join us for a movie based on a book and tell us which you liked better. Age 6-18. Bring a blanket, snack, and drink. 703-978-5600.

Children's Performance Series. 10:30-11:30 a.m., at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Mad for the Road will be rockin' out to Music Together songs and activities and Pat will play his bluegrass and get us all up and moving. This performance is presented by Commission on the Arts and sponsored by Target.

<b>Tuesday/April 21

</b>Scoping Out the Bear, 7 p.m. at the Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Bessette discusses Air Force reconnaissance during the Cold War, including Strategic Air Command missions, information collected and how it was used. 703-249-1520.

Adult Book Discussion Group, 11 a.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin. 703-978-5600.

Book Discussion Group, 7:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” by Muriel Spark. Adults. 703-644-7333.

Book Discussion Group, 7:30 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner. Adults. 703-293-6227.

Computer Tutoring, 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Get one-on-one help with computers, common software applications and navigating the Internet. Call to sign up. Adults. 703-249-1520.

Adult Book Discussion Group, 7:30 p.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. “Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War” by Nathaniel Philbrick. 703-978-5600.

Puddle Jumpers! 10:15 a.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Make a splash with stories and activities about rainy April days. Age 3-5 with adult. 703-644-7333.

‘A Night of Broadway: It’s Too Darn Hot!’ George Mason University’s University Chorale performs under the direction of music department professor Dr. Lisa A. Billingham with graduate assistant Amanda Grizzle, accompanied by Jane Kaye on the piano. 8 p.m., at the Harris Theater on George Mason University’s Fairfax campus. Tickets for the George Mason University’s University Chorale performances are $15 adult, $10 student/senior. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. Harris Theater is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123.

<b>Wednesday/April 22

</b>Friends of Burke Centre Library Annual Meeting, 7:30 p.m. at the Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Join the Friends for a program on bookbinding, presented by a representative from Berryville Graphics. Also includes election of officers and voting on bylaw changes. Adults. 703-249-1520.

Tales for Twos: Tree Play for Earth Day, 10:30 a.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Stories and activities celebrating trees. Age 24-35 months with adult. 703-644-7333.

Mother-Daughter Book Club, 7 p.m. at the Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Book club for girls age 9-11 and their mothers. 703-249-1520.

<b>Thursday/April 23

</b>Junior Brown. 8 p.m. at The Barns. $24. Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 1-877-WOLFTRAP.

Tiny Tots, 10:15 a.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Very short stories, fingerplays and activities. Age 13-17 months with adult. 703-644-7333.

Small Oneders. 11:15 a.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Very short stories, fingerplays and activities. Age 18-23 months with adult. 703-644-7333.

Capitol City Brass Quintet - A George Mason Student Recital. 8 p.m., at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. The Capitol Brass Quintet is composed of George Mason University Music students.

<b>Friday/April 24

</b>The Discovery Series: Chicago Chamber Musicians. 8 p.m. at The Barns. $35. Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 1-877-WOLFTRAP.

Kings of Leon, 8 p.m. at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets are $45, available online at www.ticketmaster.com or via Phonecharge at 703-573-SEAT. www.patriotcenter.com or www.kingsofleon.com.

Sematic and Redshift, 10 p.m. at Fat Tuesdays, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. 703-385-5717.

Book Sale, 10 a.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Books and other similar items of interest. 10-5 p.m. All ages. 703-293-6227.

Reading Across the Centuries, 7 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Writer and university instuctor Wendi Kaufman facilitates the discussion of “Northanger Abbey” by Jane Austen. 703-644-7333.

Open House and New Member Brunch will be hosted by the MOMS Club of Burke-North, from 10-11:30 a.m. at The Woods Community Center, 10100 Wards Grove Circle, Burke. Any stay-at-home parents who live in the 22015 Zip code, north of Burke Centre Parkway are welcome to attend. Contact Karen Smith at burkemomsclub@onebox.com or 866-841-9139 x1581 for more information.

Fairfax Saxophone Quartet and Friends. 8 p.m., at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Program to be announced From Baroque to Modern the Fairfax Saxophone Quartet demonstrates the amazing versatility of the saxophone. 703-978-4370, www.fairfaxband.org. Free.

The Electeds. 8 p.m., at The Sweet Life Cafe 3950, Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-385-5433, www.thesweetlifecafefairafax.com.

<b>Saturday/April 25

</b>Tom Chapin. 7:30 p.m. at The Barns. $22. Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 1-877-WOLFTRAP.

The Arthritis Walk Fairfax, 9 a.m. at Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, to raise funds and awareness to fight arthritis. Participants walk in honor of a friend or family member with arthritis on a 3-mile or 1-mile course and take part in activities for the entire family. Visit www.letsmovetogetherfairfax.kintera.org or contact Christina Thomas at 202-537-6800, ext. 3016 or cthomas@arthritis.org.

Tom O'Connor, 1 p.m. at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $10. 703-255-1566 or jamminjava.com.

Steve Forbert CD Release Show. Acoustic/roots. 7 p.m. at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $20. 703-255-1566 or jamminjava.com.

‘It's All about the Cats’ Adoption Day, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Burke Centre Library, 5935 Fred’s Oak Road, Burke. 703-249-1520. Contact Chris C. Haslam, Commonwealth Cat Rescue, Inc. at 703-568-3600.

Mapping the Civil War. 2 p.m., at the Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. Learn about the creation of National Geographic’s award-wining “Battles of the Civil War” map at a free lecture with complimentary color maps for each attendee. Robert Pratt Sr., designer and art director, and Michael Horner, editor and researcher, from National Geographic, will discuss the design and production of the map, including their use of research, digital imagery, artifact photography, and plotting of data and symbols. The presentation will be preceded by a free tour of the Blenheim site at 1 p.m., including the famous Blenheim House, listed on the National Register for its numerous inscriptions and pictographs left by Civil War soldiers. Light refreshments will be served. For more, call 703-591-0560.

BPM, 10 p.m. at Fat Tuesdays, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. 703-385-5717.

Cold-Blooded Creatures, 11 a.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Learn about the local species of reptiles and amphibians and their habitats from Hidden Pond experts. Observe live animals from the Nature Center. Age 6-12. 703-644-7333.

Book Sale 10 a.m., at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Books and other similar items of interest. 10-5 p.m. All ages. 703-293-6227.

Virginia Ballet Company presents “Giselle.” 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., in the Ernst Community Cultural Center Theater at the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike. Tickets are on sale online at www.virginiaballetcompany.org. Reserved seating is $30 for adults and $20 for children, seniors and students. Group rates are available; for further information please call 703 249-8227.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Is Oxygen the Problem and Why? Paul Cheney, MD/PhD, of Asheville, N.C., presents a general overview and his CFS treatment protocol to the Northern VA Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyagia (CFS/FM) Support Group at the Fairfax Governmental Center, Board Auditorium, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035, from 6-9 p.m. Registration requested. No cost. For more information, contact Elly Brosius via 703-968-9818, cfsupport-owner@yahoogroups.com or visit geocities.com/cfsnova/events.html.

Shakespeare’s “Henry V” presented by the Acting Company. 8 p.m., at the GMU Center for the Arts. Tickets are $36, $28 and $18. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123.

‘The Jeweler’s Shop,’ a drama exploring the lofty and sometimes rocky relationships of three couples during courtship and marriage will be performed at St. Leo’s School at 7:30 p.m. The play by Pope John Paul II delves into the trials and tribulations of love. The professional performance will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Leo the Great Church. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. For reservations call 703-273-5369; or e-mail: maryadams@stleos.com. St. Leo School is located at 3704 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax.

Polka Til Ya Drop with the Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden, the German Band of the City of Fairfax Band Association, 7 p.m., at Volunteer Fire Department #3, Williams Hall, 4081 University Drive, Fairfax. Includes lessons for polka novices, polka demonstrations, German beer and wine, pretzels and pastries. $10 at the door. Refreshments provided for additional charge.

Fourth Annual Cheaspeake Lace Guild Festival. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. A specialist will talk on lace. This is followed by lace demonstrations and instruction on try-me pillow and the sales room will be open to purchase lace-making supplies. The guild will also have a display of members' lace. All activities are free to the public.

Once upon a Parable. 7 p.m., at Fairfax United Methodist Church, 10300 Stratford Ave., Fairfax. The Fairfax United Methodist Church Children’s Youth group tries to capture the humor and contemporary nature of some of Jesus' most familiar parables in this 45-minute musical. Free. 703-591-3120, www.fairfaxumc.org.

<b>Sunday/April 26

</b>An Evening with Al Petteway and Amy White. Acoustic. 7 p.m. at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $20. 703-255-1566 or jamminjava.com.

Catie Curtis. Folk/rock. 7:30 p.m. at The Barns. $20. Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 1-877-WOLFTRAP.

Junior League of Northern Virginia's Fourth Annual Strides For Success 5K Run and Children's 1K Fun Run/Walk, 9 a.m. at Fairfax Corner Shopping Center, 11950 Grand Commons Ave. in Fairfax. This is a family-friendly event for all levels, with prizes for top male and female finishers, completion prizes for children, refreshments, T-shirts, goodie bags and children's entertainment. Registration is $30 until April 21, and $35 after that at www.runwashington.com/features/stridesforsuccessinfo. Forms are also available at www.jlnv.org. Submit by fax to 703-761-4139 or via e-mail to info@jlnv.org.

Book Sale, 12 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Books and other similar items of interest. 12-3 p.m. All ages. 703-293-6227.

Virginia Ballet Company presents “Giselle.” 2 p.m., in the Ernst Community Cultural Center Theater at the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike. Tickets are on sale online at www.virginiaballetcompany.org. Reserved seating is $30 for adults and $20 for children, seniors and students. Group rates are available; for further information please call 703 249-8227.

James Fenimore Cooper’s “The Spy” presented by the Acting Company. 4 p.m., at the GMU Center for the Arts. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Tickets are $36, $28 and $18. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123.

Benefit Concert. 12:30-4 p.m., at Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 10723 Main St., Fairfax. The concert includes New Day, Work in Progress, Positive Spin and Chris Kim and a special guest speaker on the Glebe. Food will be catered by Moe's, Papa John's and Metro Silver Diner.

Services at 8:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. www.fairfaxpresby.com.

Dance Ireland Dance. 6-9 p.m., at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Dancing from Ireland featuring the Bog Wanderers Ceili Band. The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance will perform a program of Irish Step-Dancing followed by instruction in Beginning Step-Dancing, with audience participation, by instructor Sean Culkin. Dancers from Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann will perform traditional Irish country dancing (Ceili and Set Dancing) led by instructor Marilyn Moore. Following the performance, Moore will teach introduction to Irish Country dancing with audience participation. Shannon Dunne will give a demonstration of Irish “Sean-nos” dancing. Refreshments will be available. This production is sponsored by Spotlight on the Arts. Free. 703-978-8265, www.fairfaxspotlight.org.

Once upon a Parable. 3 p.m., at Fairfax United Methodist Church, 10300 Stratford Ave., Fairfax. The Fairfax United Methodist Church Children’s Youth group tries to capture the humor and contemporary nature of some of Jesus' most familiar parables in this 45-minute musical. Free. 703-591-3120, www.fairfaxumc.org.