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Reston Rotary is sponsoring horse drawn carriage rides at the Reston Town Center on Saturday, Dec. 5, 12 noon – 4 p.m.

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<b>Thursday/Dec. 3</b>

Open Mic for Bands Night. 9 p.m. at Jimmy's Tavern, 697 Spring St., Old Town Herndon (on the Corner of Elden and Spring Streets). Bands will receive 30 minutes to play, and must pre-sign with Andre’ Love at soulcraftmusic@yahoo.com or 703-984-9114. Walk–ins will only be accepted if time permits. All types of music welcomed. 703-435-5467.

David Kitchen Band CD Release Party and Emma Bailey. M&S Grill, Reston Town Center. 703787-7766 or www.goosecreekmusic.com.

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk. 7 p.m. at McLean Project for the Arts, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. As Likely As Not: Sculpture by Alex Bay and R. L. Croft (Emerson Gallery). Free. www.mpaart.org or 703-790-1953.

Schooner Fare. 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, 1624 Trap Road, Vienna. Maritime folk-pop and original compositions. $25. 703-938-2404 or www.wolftrap.org.

Virginia Opera: The Daughter of the Regiment. 8 p.m. George Mason University Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $44-$86. 703-993-8794.

Herndon Towne Square Singers. 7:30 p.m. at Elden Street Players’ Industrial Strength Theatre, 269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon. Carols, secular classics, and novelties in a multi-traditional choral celebration. $12. For tickets call 703-787-7300 or purchase at Community Center www.herndon-va.gov.

Special Twos. 10:30 a.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Storytime for two-year-olds. Age 2 with adult. 703-689-2700.

<b>Friday/Dec. 4</b>

Virginia Opera presents Donizetti's romantic comedy "The Daughter of the Regiment." 8 p.m. at George Mason University's Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets $44-$86. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Reston Lions Club Annual Florida Citrus Sale, at North Point Shopping Center. Florida oranges and grapefruit, Virginia peanuts, aged Vermont Cheddar Cheese and turkeys. Sale continues through Dec. 6. All proceeds are used for community service, including vision screenings, eyeglasses and hearing aids. www.restonlions.org.

Reston V.I.P. 2 p.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Support group for people with vision loss. Adults. 703-689-2700.

Herndon Towne Square Singers. 7:30 p.m. at Elden Street Players’ Industrial Strength Theatre, 269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon. $12. For tickets call 703-787-7300 or purchase at Community Center. www.herndon-va.gov.

<b>Saturday/Dec. 5</b>

Holiday Tree Lighting and Sing-Along. 5-6 p.m. at the Corner of Lynn and Elden Streets, Herndon. Carols, tree lighting and a visit from Santa. Free. 571-323-5301.

A Seasonal Celebration, the Reston Chorale's 2009 Holiday Concert. 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. $20 adults, $15 seniors and youth. Buy tickets online or at the Reston Community Center Box Office. 703-476-1111, 703-834-0079 or info@restonchorale.org.

Our Daily Bread Holiday Food Drive. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. next to Safeway at Courthouse Plaza, 10376 Willard Way, Fairfax City. Proceeds to benefit Reston Bible Church www.our-daily-bread.org.

Santa Arrives by Barge. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lake Anne, Reston. Free family fun with entertainment, a petting zoo, holiday market and the arrival of Santa by barge to meet children on the plaza at 12 p.m.

Reston Rotary is sponsoring horse drawn carriage rides at the Reston Town Center, 12 noon – 4 p.m. The carriage accommodates from 4 to 6 adults, and the rides take a quarter-hour, including loading and unloading. The start of the circular route is in front of Talbot’s on Market Street, unless weather requires an alternative base. The rides cost $5 per person older than five.

Flatpicking guitarist Doc Watson with banjoist David Holt and grandson Richard Watson, performing "Hills of Home." 8 p.m. at George Mason University's Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Traditional Appalachian roots with a variety of American musical genres including bluegrass, country, gospel and blues. Adults $21-$42. Youth through grade 12, half price when accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Weekend Bluegrass Concert: Dead Men’s Hollow. 7:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Road, Herndon. $12. 703-435-8377 or www.deadmenshollow.com.

Christmas Concert and Sing-along. 6:30 p.m. at Washington Plaza Baptist Church, 1615 Washington Plaza, Lake Anne Center, Reston. Free. Bring a can of food to donate to Reston Interfaith Food Pantry. 703-471-5225 or wpbcevents.org.

Colvin Run Ballroom Dance. At Colvin Run Schoolhouse, 10201 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. Live music by Arrow. Dance lesson 8 p.m., dancing 9-11:30 p.m. $15 dance, $5 lesson. 703-795-2003 or www.colvinrun.org.

The 20th Annual Model Train Display. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Many different gauge model trains will be running in the main building, caboose and on the grounds. Enjoy hot chocolate and a gingerbread man. $5 adults, $1 children. 703-425-9225.

Holiday Homes Tour of Herndon. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Five houses located in Herndon's historic districts will be featured on the tour. Tickets available in advance at the Herndon Dulles Visitor's Center and the Herndon Florist for $10, $15 the day of the tour. Herndon Dulles Visitor's Center, Inc., 703-437-6366.

Smart Split: Legal Aspects of Separation and Divorce. 10 a.m. at McLean Government Center, 1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean. $45 non-members, $35 members. www.thewomenscenter.org or 703-281-2657.

Charity Dog Wash Benefiting the German Shepherd. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Bark and Bubbles Dog Wash, 795 Center St., Herndon. Half the proceeds will go to the rescue. German Shepherds will also be available for adoption. 703-437-9274 or www.shepherdrescue.org.

Christmas Craft Fair in Oakton. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. Jewelry, photography, artwork, herbal pillows, scarves and other woven items, preserves, floral arrangements, CDs and books, and more. 15% of the proceeds will benefit Unity of Fairfax and Unity Life Center. www.unityoffairfax.org for directions.

Doc Watson with David Holt and Richard Watson: Hills of Home. 8 p.m. George Mason University Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $21-$42. Youth through grade 12 half price. Pre-Performance Discussion held 45 minutes prior to the performance. 703-993-8794.

Opera Recital: Amahl and the Night Visitors. 8 p.m. George Mason University Harris Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $20 adult, $15 students and seniors. 703-993-8794.

Juvenile Arthritis Carnival. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Hosted by the George Mason University chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi and the Arthritis Foundation, Metropolitan Washington Chapter. Admission $5, free to children under age 12. Food, games and prizes. Proceeds from the event will support the Arthritis Foundation’s Juvenile Arthritis Network. C ontact Katie Sperberg, 202-537-6800, ext. 3339 or ksperberg@arthritis.org. http://metropolitanwashington.arthritis.org.

Herndon Towne Square Singers. 7:30 p.m. at Elden Street Players’ Industrial Strength Theatre, 269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon. $12. For tickets call 703-787-7300 or purchase at Community Center. www.herndon-va.gov.

Winter Open House. 1 p.m. Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St., Herndon. Live music from Somos el Mar, refreshments and crafts by the Council for the Arts of Herndon. All ages. 703-437-8855.

<b>Sunday/Dec. 6</b>

Herndon Holiday Arts & Craft Show, at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon. Wreaths, quilts, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, decorations, original artwork, photography, stained glass and more. Free admission and parking. Sponsored by the Town of Herndon Department of Parks and Recreation.

Christmas Concert. 6:30 p.m. at Washington Plaza Baptist Church, 1615 Washington Plaza N., Reston. 703-471-5225.

Virginia Opera: The Daughter of the Regiment. 2 p.m. George Mason University Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $48-$98. Pre-Performance Discussion held 45 minutes prior to the performance. 703-993-8794.

Master Singers of Virginia: From Chant to Carol: Christmas Music based on Gregorian chant and plainsong. Lecture at 6:15 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. at Church of the Epiphany, 3301 Hidden Meadow Drive, Herndon. $18 adults, $15 students and seniors. www.msva.org or 703-655-7809.

The 20th Annual Model Train Display. 12-4 p.m. at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Many different gauge model trains will be running in the main building, caboose and on the grounds. $5 adults, $1 children. 703-425-9225.

Chanukah Boutique. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, 1441 Wiehle Ave., Reston. Judaica Shop with menorahs, soap, wooden pens, fused glass, ribbon and jeweled sandals, scrapbooking products, Israeli crochet necklaces and leather belts, cigar box purses and more. Gift wrapping available. Free admission. 703-437-7733.

PackPower Tour with Cesar Millan, Dog Whisperer. 5:30 p.m. at George Mason University Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Event includes Washington Humane Society Blanket & Towel Drive, where individuals are encouraged to bring new and gently used blankets and towels to the venue beginning at 3:30 p.m. Tickets $39.50-$150, at www.ticketmaster.com or at 703-573-SEAT. 703-993-3000 or www.patriotcenter.com.

Herndon Towne Square Singers. 2 p.m. at Elden Street Players’ Industrial Strength Theatre, 269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon. $12. For tickets call 703-787-7300 or purchase at Community Center. www.herndon-va.gov.

Joe - Balloon Sculptor. 1:30 p.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Enjoy Joe`s balloon hats, giant birds, dogs, flowers and dozens of other balloon creations. All ages. 703-689-2700.

Holiday Open House. 1:30 p.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Music and refreshments with members of the Reston community. Adults. 703-689-2700.

<b>Monday/Dec. 7</b>

Live From La Scala: Georges Bizet’s Carmen. Transmitted live at 12 p.m., with a delayed broadcast at 7:30 p.m. At the Worldgate 9 Theatres, 13025 Worldgate Drive, Herndon. Starring Jonas Kaufmann, Erwin Schrott, Anita Rachvelishvili and Adriana Damato. $25. 703-318-9290 or www.operaincinema.com.

Drop-In Story Hour. 11 a.m. Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St., Herndon. Discover new picture books and enjoy old favorites. Age 2-5. 703-437-8855.

Special Twos. 10:30 a.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Storytime for two-year-olds. Age 2 with adult. 703-689-2700.

Kids Science. 3 p.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Explore scientific topics through activities. Age 5-7. 703-689-2700.

<b>Tuesday/Dec. 8</b>

Reston Sings! 7:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. The Reston Chorale invites everyone to join in their annual community sing-along featuring Handel's Messiah. $10. 703-834-0079 or info@restonchorale.org.

Colvin Run Community Center Weekly Dance. 7 p.m. at Colvin Run Schoolhouse, 10201 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. $10. www.colvinrun.org.

Reston Garden Club Meeting. 1 p.m. at Lake Anne Community Center. The attendees will make floral arrangements in holiday mugs to be donated to Cameron Glen Care Center. Participants are asked to bring one or two mugs. www.restongardenclub.org.

Tail Waggin' Tutors. 6:30 p.m. Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St., Herndon. Sign up to read to a well-trained therapy dog, ready to provide a listening ear. Age 6-10 with adult. 703-437-8855.

Preschool Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. 703-689-2700.

The Gift of Murder: Local Authors Share Short Stories. 6:45 p.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Three local authors whose work is featured in the anthology, The Gift of Murder, will speak and answer questions about writing mysteries. 703-689-2700.

<b>Wednesday/Dec. 9</b>

Flutopia and GMU Flute Choir Concert. 8 p.m. George Mason University Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Free. 703-993-8794.

Baby Steps Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Interactive storytime. Age13-23 months with adult. 703-689-2700.

Book Discussion. 10:30 a.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett. Adults. 703-689-2700.

Reston Writers. 12 p.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Networking and professional discussion (not critiquing) for writers in the Reston area. Adults. 703-689-2700.

<b>Thursday/Dec. 10</b>

GMU Graduate Student Conductors Concert. 8 p.m. George Mason University Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Free. 703-993-8794.

GMU Players Mainstage #2: Room Service. 8 p.m. George Mason University TheaterSpace, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $12 adult, $8 students and seniors. 703-993-8794.

Mother Goose Time. 11 a.m. Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St., Herndon. Songs, stories and action rhymes. Birth-23 months with adult. 703-437-8855.

Preschool Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. 703-689-2700.

Friends' Book Discussion. 7:30 p.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Book Selection Night. Adults. 703-689-2700.

Artist Reception for Jim Kirby. 7-9 p.m. at ArtSpace, 750 Center St., Herndon. Free. The exhibit, Home for the Holidays: 20 Years of Herndon Photography, will run through Sunday, Jan. 17. 703-956-6590 or www.artspaceherndon.com.

<b>Friday/Dec. 11</b>

Pianist George Winston's "The Winter Show." 8 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Adults $21-$42. Youth through grade 12, half price when accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or www.gmu.edu/cfa. www.georgewinston.com.

Advent Evensong for Women: Come, Lord Jesus. 7 p.m. at Reston Presbyterian Church, 10610 Sunset Hills Road, Reston. Seasonal readings and hymns, followed by light fellowship. 703-759-5515.

Mason Dance Company December Concert. 8 p.m. George Mason University Harris Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax.

$15 adult, $10 students and senior. 703-993-8794.

GMU Players Mainstage #2: Room Service. 2 p.m. George Mason University TheaterSpace, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $12 adult, $8 students and seniors. 703-993-8794.

<b>Saturday/Dec. 12</b>

Sounds of the Baroque: A Christmas Concert. 7:30 p.m. at St John Neumann Church, 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston. $18 adults, $13 seniors and $8 students. 703-277-7772 or VoceVA@hotmail.com.

Our Daily Bread Holiday Food Drive. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. next to Safeway at Courthouse Plaza, 10376 Willard Way, Fairfax City. Proceeds to benefit Annandale Christian Community in Action (ACCA)/ Fairfax Presbyterian Church www.our-daily-bread.org.

Wish List Project 10 year Celebration and Drop-Off Event. 12-4 p.m. at 11900 Holly Spring Drive, Great Falls. Collecting donations of new items and gift cards for Embry Rucker Community Shelter, Shelter House, Katherine Hanley Family Shelter, St. Ann’s Infant and Maternity Home, 75 teens in Fairfax County Foster Care and SHARE. Live holiday music, food and refreshments, Santa and more. 703-404-8483 or www.wishlistangels.com.

Mason Dance Company December Concert. 8 p.m. George Mason University Harris Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax.

$15 adult, $10 students and senior. 703-993-8794

A Canadian Brass Christmas. 8 p.m. George Mason University Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $24-$48. Youth through grade 12 half price. Pre-Performance Discussion held 45 minutes prior to the performance. 703-993-8794

FOHA Charity Dog Wash. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Bark 'N Bubbles Dog Wash of Fairfax, 11725 Lee Hwy, #A-17A, Fairfax. 50% of every wash goes to support Friends of Homeless Animals. 703-352-WASH or www.barknbubblesdogwash.com/fairfax.

Santa and Pet Portraits. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Bark ‘N Bubbles Dog Wash, 795 Center St., Herndon. Reserve with Megan at www.pawsandclawsphotograpy.com. 703-437-9274.

Holiday Model Train Show. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at ArtSpace Herndon, 750-A Center St., Herndon. W&OD caboose and Herndon Depot Museum, both also open for tours. Free. 703-956-6590 or www.herndonchamber.org.

The Prisoner of Zenda. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons Corner. $25 adults, $15 students. www.1stStageSpringHill.org/zenda.

GMU Players Mainstage #2: Room Service. 8 p.m. George Mason University TheaterSpace, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $12 adult, $8 students and seniors. 703-993-8794.

The Snow Show. 11 a.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Master puppeteer Bob Brown in a romp through a winter wonderland as trick marionettes perform feats of skill. 703-689-2700.

Reston Contra Dance. 8 p.m. at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Susan Taylor calls to the music of the June Apple Band. Free beginners' workshop at 7:15 p.m. Dance admission $8. Partner not necessary. 703-476-4500.

<b>Sunday/Dec. 13</b>

Sounds of the Baroque: A Christmas Concert. 3 p.m. at St Timothy's Church, 432 Van Buren St., Herndon. $18 adults, $13 seniors and $8 students. 703-277-7772 or VoceVA@hotmail.com.

A Classic Brass Christmas. 7 p.m. at 225 E. Broad St., Falls Church. Choral concert by Choralis; Gretchen Kuhrmann, Artistic Director. Also The Classical Brass Quintet, Edison HS Concert Choir, a candlelight processional and carol sing-along. $25-40 adults, $5 students; age12 and under free. www.choralis.org or 703-237-2499.

GMU Symphony Orchestra and Choruses Holiday Concert. 7 p.m. George Mason University Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $20 adult, $15 students and seniors. 703-993-8794.

The Prisoner of Zenda. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons Corner. $25 adults, $15 students. www.1stStageSpringHill.org/zenda.

GMU Players Mainstage #2: Room Service. 2 p.m. George Mason University TheaterSpace, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $12 adult, $8 students and seniors. 703-993-8794.

Holiday Model Train Show. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at ArtSpace Herndon, 750-A Center St., Herndon. W&OD caboose and Herndon Depot Museum, both also open for tours. Free. 703-956-6590 or www.herndonchamber.org.

<b>Monday/Dec. 14</b>

Dress Up Herndon for the Holidays. Judging from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Neighborhood decoration contest throughout Herndon. Home decorations judged in traditional, whimsical, lights categories and more. Free. 703-435-6800 ext. 2084 or www.herndon-va.gov.

Special Twos. 10:30 a.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Storytime for two-year-olds. Age 2 with adult. 703-689-2700.

Easy Reader Book Discussion - Level 2. 3 p.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Read aloud and enjoy a related activity. Call for title. Age 6-7. 703-689-2700.

<b>Tuesday/Dec. 15</b>

Colvin Run Community Center Weekly Dance. 7 p.m. at Colvin Run Schoolhouse, 10201 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. $10. www.colvinrun.org.

Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. 7 p.m. at the George Mason University Patriot Center. www.ticketmaster.com.

Money Savvy Teens. 6:30 p.m. Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St., Herndon. Speaker Smita Lal on fundamentals of money management, including saving and earning interest. Age 14 and up. 703-437-8855.

Baby Steps Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Interactive storytime. Age13-23 months with adult. 703-689-2700.

<b>Wednesday/Dec. 16</b>

Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. 7 p.m. at the George Mason University Patriot Center. www.ticketmaster.com.

Baby Signs. 10:30 a.m. Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St., Herndon. Meet Beebo the Baby Signs Bear, hear stories and learn simple signs. Age 6-24 months with adult. 703-437-8855.

Special Twos. 10:30 a.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Storytime for two-year-olds. Age 2 with adult. 703-689-2700.

A Wish To Be a Christmas Tree. 7 p.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Evergreen stories for a winter`s night. All ages. 703-689-2700.

<b>Thursday/Dec. 17</b>

Roosevelt, Truman and the Founding of Israel. 8 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, 1441 Wiehle Ave., Reston. Speakers will be Allis and Ronald Radosh, co-authors of A Safe Haven: Harry Truman and the Founding of Israel. Free and open to the public. 703-437-7733 or www.nvhcreston.org.

<b>Friday/Dec. 18</b>

Natalie MacMaster: Christmas in Cape Breton. 8 p.m. at George Mason University's Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Celtic melodies and classic Christmas carols. Tickets are $23-$46. Youth through grade 12, half price when accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or www.gmu.edu/cfa.

The Prisoner of Zenda. 8 p.m. at 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons Corner. $25 adults, $15 students. www.1stStageSpringHill.org/zenda.

<b>Saturday/Dec. 19</b>

Santa’s Workshop. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon. Holiday fun for children ages 3 and up, to include a visit with Santa, holiday tattoos, games and lunch. $7 per child, $3 per adult (if eating lunch). 703-787-7300 or www.herndon-va.gov.

Breakfast with Santa. 9:30 a.m. at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. $10 per person for McLean district residents, $15 per person for all others. Age 2 or younger are free. Advance registration required, no walk-ins permitted. www.mcleancenter.org or 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.

Colvin Run Christmas Ball. 9 p.m. at Colvin Run Schoolhouse, 10201 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. Live music by The Helmut Licht band. $15 dance, $5 lesson. 703-795-2003 or www.colvinrun.org.

A Rockapella Holiday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. George Mason University Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $21-$42. Youth through grade 12 half price. Pre-Performance Discussion held 45 minutes prior to the performance. 703-993-8794.

The Prisoner of Zenda. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons Corner. $25 adults, $15 students. www.1stStageSpringHill.org/zenda.

<b>Sunday/Dec. 20</b>

The Prisoner of Zenda. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons Corner. $25 adults, $15 students. www.1stStageSpringHill.org/zenda.

<b>Tuesday/Dec. 22</b>

Live from Gran Teatre Del Liceu, Barcelona: Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Transmitted live at 12 p.m., with a delayed broadcast at 7:30 p.m. At the Worldgate 9 Theatres, 13025 Worldgate Drive, Herndon. Conducted by Marco Armiliato, directed by Gilbert Deflo, starring Fiorenza Cedolins and Marco Berti. $25. 703-318-9290 or www.operaincinema.com.

Colvin Run Community Center Weekly Dance. 7 p.m. at Colvin Run Schoolhouse, 10201 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. $10. www.colvinrun.org.

Holiday Preschool Storytime. 11 a.m. Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St., Herndon. Age 2-5 with adult. 703-437-8855.

ESL Adult Group Conversation. 11 a.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. 703-689-2700.

<b>Saturday/Dec. 26</b>

The Prisoner of Zenda. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons Corner. $25 adults, $15 students. www.1stStageSpringHill.org/zenda.

<b>Sunday/Dec. 27</b>

The Prisoner of Zenda. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons Corner. $25 adults, $15 students. www.1stStageSpringHill.org/zenda.

<b>Tuesday/Dec. 29</b>

Bob Brown’s Snow Show Puppet Performance. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center, 2739 West Ox Road, Herndon. $4 per person, pre-paid reservations recommended. 703-437-9101.

Colvin Run Community Center Weekly Dance. 7 p.m. at Colvin Run Schoolhouse, 10201 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. $10. www.colvinrun.org.

ESL Adult Group Conversation. 11 a.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. 703-689-2700.

<b>Thursday/Dec. 31</b>

New Year’s Eve Open House. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. at ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center Street, Herndon. Family event featuring film, music, dancing, bonfire, refreshments. Alcohol-free. Free. 703-956-6590 or www.artspaceherndon.com.

New Year’s Eve Capital Hospice Benefit. 8:30 p.m. at The Waterford, 6715 Commerce St., Springfield. Food, open bar, live entertainment and a silent auction. $110 per person. All proceeds benefit nonprofit Capital Hospice. Reserve at 703-531-6209 or www.capitalhospice.org.