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Junior Erin Cafferky stars as Wild West sharpshooter, Annie Oakley in West Springfield High’s production of ‘Annie Get Your Gun,’ which runs April 24-May 2.

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.

<b>Thursday/April 23

</b>April Showers, 10:30 a.m. at the temporary Richard Byrd Library, 6315 Backlick Road in Springfield, on the second floor of the Bank of America building. Storytime with books, songs and fingerplays about rain. Age 2-5 with adult. 703-451-8055.

Preschool Storytime, 1 p.m. at the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Join us for stories, songs and activities! Age 3-5 with adult. 703-339-4610.

Suicide Silence and Bury Your Dead. 6:15 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $13 in advance, $15 day of show. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

George Mason University Printmakers Studio Sale. 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., at GMU Fine Arts Building, Fairfax Campus, Printmaking Studio, Room 200. Come purchase quality original prints by international, national and regional artists, faculty and students. The Print Department is moving to a new building and is selling the department's personal collection to raise funds for student activities. Most prices range from $1-$100.

‘Say Goodnight, Gracie,’ presented by George Mason University’s Theater Department and the GMU Players. 8 p.m., at GMU’s TheaterSpace at the school’s Fairfax campus. Tickets are $12; $8 for students, seniors and GMU faculty/staff. Limited free tickets available for GMU students. 703-993-8888.

<b>Friday/April 24

</b>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.

Lunch Bunch, 12 p.m. at the John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Bring your lunch and join us for stories. Birth-5 with adult. 703-971-0010.

Dance Gavin Dance, Attack Attack, Lower Definition, In Fear and Faith, Girls Get All the Action and Escape Takes Lead. 6:15 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $12 in advance, $14 day of show. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

‘Annie Get Your Gun.’ 7:30 p.m., at West Springfield High, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets at the door or online at http://tinyURL.com/wshstheater.

‘Say Goodnight, Gracie,’ presented by George Mason University’s Theater Department and the GMU Players. 8 p.m., at GMU’s TheaterSpace at the school’s Fairfax campus. Tickets are $12; $8 for students, seniors and GMU faculty/staff. Limited free tickets available for GMU students. 703-993-8888.

‘The Wedding From Hell’ by Eileen Mouskey. The W.T. Woodson Drama Department presents this comedy and dinner theater event (rated PG-13) 12 p.m. and 7 p.m., at Main Street Marketplace, 3950 University Drive, Fairfax. Visit wtwdrama.org for tickets. 7 p.m. show ASL interpreted. Tickets are $18 for buffet meal and performance. Pre-sale only. No tickets sold at the door. Caterers vary per show, but include: Red Hot & Blue, Metro Diner, Auld Shebeen, Buffalo Wing University, Brion's Grill, and Mama Lucia's.

<b>Saturday/April 25

</b>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.

“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” 3 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9517 Workhouse Way, Lorton. Performed by members of the Shenandoah University Conservancy. Includes opportunities for audience interaction with Director Jonathan Flom. clorange@su.edu or acambel@su.edu.

Movement in Response to Nature, 11 a.m.-1p.m. Participate in improvisational movement in Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. A creative way to experience wonder, meditation, and playfulness in a natural setting. No experience necessary. Reservations required. $10. 703-768-2525.

Hartwell Eagle Festival and David Klinghard 5K Walk-Run, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Check-in and walk-up registration for the 5K walk-run will be at the Flag Circle. Registration is $20 per person or $30 per family of four or fewer. Festival events begin at 10 a.m. with demonstrations, exhibits, live music, magic shows, Reptiles Alive and Under the Sea. Festival admission and parking are free. 703-339-2384 or www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/mas.shtml.

‘It's All about the Cats’ Adoption Day sponsored by Commonwealth Cat Rescue, Inc., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at 5935 Fred's Oak Road - Burke, 703-757-8560. Contact Chris C. Haslam, Commonwealth Cat Rescue, Inc. at 703-568-3600.

‘Both Sides Civil War Tour,’ 8 a.m.-8 p.m. beginning at the Franconia Museum in the Franconia Governmental Center, 6121 Franconia Road. Bus tour to Monocacy’s new visitor’s center, the Camp David museum, Harrisburg and the National Civil War Museum. $100 per person includes lunch, admission to the National Civil War Museum and a contribution to the Franconia Museum and the Monocacy Battlefield Park. Contact Don Hakenson at 703-971-4984 or dhakenson@cox.net.

Enjoy Gardening as a Family, 10:30 a.m. at the John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Join a horticulturist from Green Spring Gardens to learn the fun of gardening. All ages. 703-971-0010.

Back in Black and more. 8 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $12 in advance, $15 day of show. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

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, M.D./Ph.D., 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.

‘Annie Get Your Gun.’ 7:30 p.m., at West Springfield High, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets at the door or online at http://tinyURL.com/wshstheater.

‘Say Goodnight, Gracie,’ presented by George Mason University’s Theater Department and the GMU Players. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., at GMU’s TheaterSpace at the school’s Fairfax campus. Tickets are $12; $8 for students, seniors and GMU faculty/staff. Limited free tickets available for GMU students. 703-993-8888.

‘The Wedding From Hell’ by Eileen Mouskey. The W.T. Woodson Drama Department presents this comedy and dinner theater event (rated PG-13) 7 p.m., at Main Street Marketplace, 3950 University Drive, Fairfax. Visit wtwdrama.org for tickets. Tickets are $18 for buffet meal and performance. Pre-sale only. No tickets sold at the door. Caterers vary per show, but include: Red Hot & Blue, Metro Diner, Auld Shebeen, Buffalo Wing University, Brion's Grill, and Mama Lucia's.

The Centennial Hymn Sing featuring the Virginia Agape Baptist Church and the Ghana Wesley Choir 2-4 p.m., on the chapel grounds at Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield. Child care provided. 703-451-8223; www.sumcdisciples.org.

<b>Sunday/April 26

</b>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.

Lake Braddock Plant Sale. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Bedding plants, annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, mulch or topsoil. Proceeds to benefit Lake Braddock Crew Team. Free Delivery with purchase of 25+ bags of mulch or topsoil.

<b>Monday/April 27

</b>Writer’s Group, 7 p.m. at the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Review peers' works and receive feedback on your own work. Adults. 703-339-4610.

Kindergarten Orientation. 2 p.m. in the Rolling Valley Elementary School cafeteria, 6703 Barnack Drive, Springfield. 703-923-2700. E-mail gerry.chechile@fcps.edu. Students must be 5 by Sept. 30, 2009 to register for kindergarten.

<b>Tuesday/April 28

</b>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.

Book Discussion Group, 7:30 p.m. at the Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Call for title. Adults. 703-249-1520.

Restaurant Day. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., at Lucky's Sports Theatre and Grill, 7027 B Manchester Blvd., Kingstowne. Springfield Post 7327 is hosting the event to help the VFW raise funds to build a new Post home. Diners should say they are dining on behalf of the VFW to ensure the VFW gets credit for their receipt. For more, contact Angela Meyers, angela@MeyersMarketingStrategy.com, 703-887-8387.

<b>Wednesday/April 29

</b>Practice Your English, 10:15 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Conversation groups for adults learning English. 703-339-4610.

English Conversation Group, 6 p.m. at the Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Practice your English with other adults. 703-339-7385.

Lullaby Stories, 7 p.m. at the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Evening stories and activities. Pajamas and stuffed animals welcome. Age 1-5 with adult. 703-339-4610.

<b>Thursday/April 30

</b>Tennessee Williams' “A Streetcar Named Desire,” 7:30 p.m. at Lake Braddock Secondary, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-426-1070.

Stories and Science, 4 p.m. at the John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Stories, activities and an age-appropriate experiment. Age 4-6 with adult. 703-971-0010.

‘Say Goodnight, Gracie,’ presented by George Mason University’s Theater Department and the GMU Players. 8 p.m., at GMU’s TheaterSpace at the school’s Fairfax campus. Tickets are $12; $8 for students, seniors and GMU faculty/staff. Limited free tickets available for GMU students. 703-993-8888.

<b>Friday/May 1

</b>Occoquan River Festival features events at six venues along the Occoquan River. Taste of Occoquan, an Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, a boat show, a children’s playground midway, ghost walks, quarry tours and more at Occoquan Regional Park, Belmont Bay, Prince William Marina, and the Town of Occoquan. Visit www.occoquanrivercommunities.com for specific event locations and times.

Tennessee Williams' “A Streetcar Named Desire,” 7:30 p.m. at Lake Braddock Secondary, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-426-1070.

The Young People’s Theatre presents ‘Annie,’ 7 p.m. at New Hope Church, 8905 Ox Road in Lorton. Reserved seats are $10. www.YPTnva.com.

Used Book Sale. 10 a.m.-5.p.m., Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke, 703-978-5600.

Used Book Sale. 10 a.m.- 5.p.m., Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke, 703-644-7333.

‘Annie Get Your Gun.’ 7:30 p.m., at West Springfield High, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets at the door or online at http://tinyURL.com/wshstheater.

‘The Little Mermaid.’ The Joan Izzo Academy of Dance presents Superne Dance Theatre’s underwater fairy tale adventure. 7:30 p.m., at the Ernst Community Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children and $10 each for groups of 10 or more. To purchase tickets contact Cynthia Davenport at 703-815-7558 or e-mail Kostickets@gmail.com or joanizzodance@joanizzodance.org.

‘Say Goodnight, Gracie,’ presented by George Mason University’s Theater Department and the GMU Players. 8 p.m., at GMU’s TheaterSpace at the school’s Fairfax campus. Tickets are $12; $8 for students, seniors and GMU faculty/staff. Limited free tickets available for GMU students. 703-993-8888.

‘The Wedding From Hell’ by Eileen Mouskey. The W.T. Woodson Drama Department presents this comedy and dinner theater event (rated PG-13) 12 p.m. and 7 p.m., at Main Street Marketplace, 3950 University Drive, Fairfax. Visit wtwdrama.org for tickets. Tickets are $18 for buffet meal and performance. Pre-sale only. No tickets sold at the door. Caterers vary per show, but include: Red Hot & Blue, Metro Diner, Auld Shebeen, Buffalo Wing University, Brion's Grill, and Mama Lucia's.

<b>Saturday/May 2

</b>Tennessee Williams' “A Streetcar Named Desire,” 7:30 p.m. at Lake Braddock Secondary, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-426-1070.

Jimmy Lange to Battle Ryan Davis for WBC USNBC Championship Title. Junior middleweight contender Jimmy Lange (29-3-2, 20 KOs) will battle Ryan “Dangerous” Davis (20-8-2, 8 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) United States National Boxing Championship (USNBC) Super Welterweight (154-lb) Title in the 12-round Main Event 7:30 p.m., at the Patriot Center. Tickets are $20-$500 (plus applicable service charges), and are on sale now. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets including the Patriot Center box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or via Phonecharge at 703-573-SEAT, 202-397-SEAT or 410-547-SEAT. For more information visit www.ipboxing.com or www.patriotcenter.com.

Used Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4p.m., Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke, 703-978-5600.

Used Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4p.m., Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke, 703-644-7333.

Occoquan River Festival, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. The River Festival celebrates life along the Occoquan River. Rain date is May 3. Contact: www.occoquanrivercommunities.com, 703-690-2121.

Paddle Adventure- Morning Tour at Pohick Bay, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Cost: $30 per person or group rate. Enjoy a morning park paddle tour on the water before the hustle and bustle of boaters. See eagles in the morning light as they hunt for the day. Pohick Bay Regional Park, 6501 Pohick Bay Drive, Lorton. No experience is necessary. 703-339-6104.

Art in the Park at Occoquan, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Artists from the Workhouse Arts Center will display their art and also be creating new work along the riverfront at Occoquan Regional Park, 9520 Ox Road, Lorton. Contact: John Houser, 703-690-2121, Occoquan@nvrpa.org.

‘Annie Get Your Gun.’ 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at West Springfield High, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets at the door or online at http://tinyURL.com/wshstheater.

Container Garden Workshop. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Heather Hill Gardens, 8111 Ox Road, Fairfax Station. Free. Rain date May 3. Bring a container or purchase one, and employees will help select plants and design a garden. Soil, fertilizer and light refreshments will be provided. Call 703-690-6060 or visit www.heatherhillgardens.com.

‘Say Goodnight, Gracie,’ presented by George Mason University’s Theater Department and the GMU Players. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., at GMU’s TheaterSpace at the school’s Fairfax campus. Tickets are $12; $8 for students, seniors and GMU faculty/staff. Limited free tickets available for GMU students. 703-993-8888.

‘The Wedding From Hell’ by Eileen Mouskey. The W.T. Woodson Drama Department presents this comedy and dinner theater event (rated PG-13) 12 and 7 p.m., at Main Street Marketplace, 3950 University Drive, Fairfax. Visit wtwdrama.org for tickets. Tickets are $18 for buffet meal and performance. Pre-sale only. No tickets sold at the door. Caterers vary per show, but include: Red Hot & Blue, Metro Diner, Auld Shebeen, Buffalo Wing University, Brion's Grill, and Mama Lucia's.

<b>Sunday/May 3

</b>The Young People’s Theatre presents ‘Annie,’ 3:30 p.m. at New Hope Church, 8905 Ox Road in Lorton. Reserved seats are $10. www.YPTnva.com.

Used Book Sale. 12-5 p.m., Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke, 703-644-7333.

‘The Little Mermaid.’ The Joan Izzo Academy of Dance presents Superne Dance Theatre’s underwater fairy tale adventure. 3 p.m., at the Ernst Community Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children and $10 each for groups of 10 or more. To purchase tickets contact Cynthia Davenport at 703-815-7558 or e-mail Kostickets@gmail.com or joanizzodance@joanizzodance.org.

Train Show. Tabletop N-scale model trains will be running 1-4 p.m., at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Admission is $2/adults and $1/child. 703-425-9225. www.fairfax-station.org.

‘Say Goodnight, Gracie,’ presented by George Mason University’s Theater Department and the GMU Players. 2 p.m., at GMU’s TheaterSpace at the school’s Fairfax campus. Tickets are $12; $8 for students, seniors and GMU faculty/staff. Limited free tickets available for GMU students. 703-993-8888.

<b>Tuesday/May 5

</b>“An Evening with IL Divo,” David Miller, Carlos Marín, Urs Buhler & Sébastien Izambard, 7:30 p.m. at the George Mason Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle Fairfax. Tickets are $59.50-$129.50, available online at www.ticketmaster.com or at 703-573-SEAT. www.ildivo.com.

Blossoming Out of the Box, flower show presented by the Dominion Valley Garden Club. 1:30- 4 p.m., at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. The show will be judged by National Capital Area Garden Clubs, Inc. Flower Show judges and will include floral designs and horticultural specimens. Free. For more, call Olivia Ford, the Flower Show chair, at 703-250-7533.

<b>Friday/May 8

</b>The Young People’s Theatre presents ‘Annie,’ 7 p.m. at New Hope Church, 8905 Ox Road in Lorton. Reserved seats are $10. www.YPTnva.com.

‘A Harmonizer on Broadway’ presented at 8 p.m. by the Alexandria Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus. Music from “West Side Story,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Spamalot” and many others. Location is Annandale High School, 4700 Medford Drive, Annandale. Tickets from $15-$30 available by calling 703-910-4600 or at www.harmonizers.org.