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To have community events listed in Centre View, e-mail to centreview@connectionnewspapers.com. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412.

<cal1>Ongoing

<cal2>Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) will provide more than 1,500 holiday food baskets to families in need in Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton, Fair Oaks and Fairfax station. So it’s seeking local residents and businesses willing to either sponsor a family, by providing food for a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, or donate supermarket gift cards in any denomination.

Gift cards may be dropped off at the WFCM food pantry at 13981 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly (near Backyard Grill and Bar). For more information or to sponsor a family, contact Pam Ryan at 703-988-9656, ext. 3, or via development@wfcmva.org.

To mail gift cards or send donations by check, add a note saying "food basket program" and send them to: WFCM, P.O. Box 220802, Chantilly, VA 20153. Checks should be made payable to WFCM.

Neighborhood Watch Training Dates — The Fair Oaks District Police Station is offering four training dates in 2010, for the Neighborhood Watch Program. They will be held at the police station, located at 12300 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, at 7 p.m. in the roll call room and will last approximately two hours. These opportunities are designed for communities that want to expand their existing Neighborhood Watch participation, those who wish to begin a new Watch program or those who would like a refresher course. We look forward to serving you and maintaining the quality of community and police partnerships that we have both come to depend on and enjoy.

The training dates are as follows:

o Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010

o Tuesday, April 20, 2010

o Tuesday, July 20, 2010

o Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010

Our Neighbors Child (ONC) is the local organization coordinating holiday assistance (new toys and clothing gifts) for children of families in financial crisis in Centreville, Chantilly and Western Fairfax. Assistance is made possible through the generous support from local churches, schools, businesses and individuals each year.

In its 18th year, ONC is looking for groups or individuals to "adopt" the special needs of local children this holiday season. There is an especially urgent need for winter coats, blankets and other warm clothing. Specific information (sizes, etc.) will be available by Thanksgiving. If you are willing to help, contact Denise McInerney, ONC Clothing Coordinator at oncdenise@aol.com. For other volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, visit www.ourneighborschild.org.

The Western Fairfax County Woman’s Club is selling the 2009 White House Christmas ornaments. This year’s ornament honors our 24th President Grover Cleveland.

A finely crafted gold-plated wreath of snowflakes, painted in ice blue and white, frames the oval ornament that depicts a view of the White House from the south lawn. The first White House Christmas tree to be adorned with electric lights can be seen through the upstairs window.

The cost of the ornament is $18 and all profits benefit charity. If you wish to order previous years’ ornaments, just ask about that when you call to place your order. Orders can be placed through any club member or by calling 703-378-6841 or 703-378-6216.

<cal1>Thursday/Dec. 3

<cal2>Santa Visit. 6-8 p.m. Free. Santa visits the Centreville McDonalds. Bring your cameras. At 5931 Fort Drive, Centreville.

<cal1>Friday/Dec. 4

<cal2>Swing Dancing. $15 admission. 8:30-9 p.m. beginner swing lesson; 9 p.m. to midnight dancing to the band Rockin' Bones. Hosted by Sue and Gary Caley. At the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel, 13869 Park Center, Herndon. Visit www.gottaswing.com.

Christmas Concert. 7 p.m. Free. Performing is the Ministering Group, Promise Land Quartet, a Southern Gospel group. At Oakton Baptist Church, 14001 Sullyfield Circle, Chantilly. Call 703 631-1799.

Parents Night Out. 6-10 p.m. For children ages 6-12. Swimming, movies, snacks, activities and games. $20/first child; $15/each. At the Cub Run RECenter in Chantilly. Contact Tiffany Daubach or Kevin Jackson at 703-817-9407.

<cal1>Dec. 4, 5, 6

<cal2>Fund-Raising Event. Clay Café Studios is hosting a fund-raiser to benefit Fairfax4Horses Inc. Participants will paint horse-themed pottery for holiday gifts. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Fairfax4Horses. No reservations required. Hours are Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. At 13894 MetroTech Drive, Chantilly. Call 703-817-1051. Go to www.Fairfax4Horses.org or www.claycafechantilly.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 5

<cal2>"The Kingdom of Sweets." 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Joan Izzo Academy of Dance presents "The Kingdom of Sweets from The Nutcracker and "Holiday Rhythms." At The Ernst Cultural Center at the Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus. Tickets cost $15 each. Call Cynthia Davenport at 703-815-7558 or email kostickets@gmail.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 5

<cal2>Scrapbooking Santa. 12:30 p.m. Free. Santa will make a special stop at ScrapbooksPlus to meet the kids and share a snack before heading to the North Pole. At 14502-A Lee Road, Chantilly. Visit scrapbooks-plus.com or call 703-263-9503.

Lane's Mill Chapter DAR Meeting. At the home of member Charlene Gross. Prospective members are welcome to attend. Contact Jennifer Smith at jsmithtot@aol.com.

<cal1>DEC. 5-6

<cal2>Church Production. Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti. At Centreville Presbyterian Church, 15450 Lee Highway, Centreville. Cost is $10/person. For tickets, go to www.centrevillepres.com or call 703-830-0098.

<cal1>Wednesday/Dec. 9

<cal2>League of Women Voters. Noon a.m. Will be looking at future issues to study on the local and national level at its December unit meetings. At the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Centreville. Visit www.lwv-fairfax.org. Contact Susan, 703-780-3902.

<cal1>Thursday/Dec. 10

<cal2>Santa Visit. 6-8 p.m. Free. Santa visits the Greenbriar McDonald's. Bring your cameras. At 13003 Lee Jackson Highway, Fairfax.

<cal1>Dec. 10, 11, 12

<cal2>"The Music Man Jr." Thursday at 3 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available during lunches on Monday through Wednesday. At Stone Middle School in Centreville. Call 703-631-5909.

<cal1>Dec. 10-11

<cal2>Holiday Concert. 7 p.m. Admission is $8. Chantilly High School's Band, Choral, Drama and Orchestra Departments join forces in this beloved annual Holiday event. At the Chantilly High auditorium.

<cal1>Dec. 11-12

<cal2>Manor's Christmas Feaste. 6:30 p.m. An evening of food, music and entertainment set in the Renaissance period. Members of the adult choir will act as the Royal Court to the Lord and Lady of the manor. Catered dinner and entertainment of a brass quartet, harp, Madrigal Choir, vocal soloists and dramatic vignettes. Tickets are $30. At Centreville United Methodist Church, 6400 Old Centreville Road, Centreville. Call 703-830-2684, ext. 1869.

Friends Holiday Book Sale. At Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Drive, Centreville. Call 703-830-2223.

<cal1>Dec. 11-13

<cal2>Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. More than 250 craftspeople to display handmade works. Master craftspeople will demonstrate their expertise in a range of media, including copper spinning, ceramics, and kinetic sculpture making. Admission is $7/online, $8/door. Hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, 4320 Chantilly Place Center, Chantilly. Go to www.sugarloafcrafts.com or call 800-210-9900.

<cal1>Friday/Dec. 11

<cal2>Swing Dancing. 8:30-9 beginner lesson; 9 p.m. to midnight dancing. With the Daryl Davis Band, a mix of rock and roll, rhythm and blues and swing standards. At the Hilton Washington Dulles Hotel, 13869 Park Center Road, Herndon.

Parents Night Out. 6-10 p.m. For children ages 6-12. Swimming, movies, snacks, activities and games. $20/first child; $15/each. At the Cub Run RECenter in Chantilly. Contact Tiffany Daubach or Kevin Jackson at 703-817-9407.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 12

<cal2>Model Train Displays. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is especially for families with children, and will feature multiple displays: Lionel, HO, Lego and a Wooden train area for hands on fun. At Chantilly Bible Church, 4390 Pleasant Valley Road, Chantilly. Call 703-263-1188.

Furever Together. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Holiday pet food drive to support needy pets in the region. Donations will go to the Humane Society's Ani-Meals program. Hosted by Westfield High School DECA students. At Weber's Pet Supermarket, 14508-G Lee Road, Chantilly. Contact Daisy Robles Johnson at daisy.johnson@fcps.edu or 703-488-6300

<cal1>Dec. 12-13

<cal2>Candlelight Tours. 5-7 p.m. Ride the hay wagon around the grounds, then see the home of Richard Bland Lee in the glow of natural candlelight. Tickets are $10/adults, $7/seniors and children. At Sully Historic Site, 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly. Call 703-437-1794.

"The Tale of Two Santas." Encore Theatrical Arts Project (ETAP) presents a dance performance directed and choreographed by Raynor van der Merwe and written by Brandon Kalbaugh. Dec. 12 at 5 and 8 p.m.; Dec. 13 at 2 p.m., 5 p.m., and 8 p.m. Tickets are $17/students and seniors, $20/adults. At the Freedom Theatre, 25450 Riding Center Drive, Chantilly. Call 703-222-5511 or go to www.encore-tap.org.

Christmas Musical Drama. 6 p.m. Free. "A 1940s Christmas Homecoming." The drama is about a WWII soldier who is attempting to be home in time for Christmas to surprise his family. At Jubilee Christian Center, 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. Call 703-383-1170 or go to www.jccag.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Dec. 13

<cal2>Jazz Holiday Benefit Concert. 7-9:30 p.m. Clifton resident Jeff Franca and his quartet performs. Proceeds go to the nonprofit Band of Parents, which raises money to fund new treatments for neuroblastoma. Tickets are $50. At the Chantilly National Golf and Country Club, 14901 Braddock Road in Centreville. Visit www.bandofparents.org or call Barb Sanders at 703-830-8131 for tickets.

Gift-Making Workshop. 3:30-5:30 p.m. An opportunity for children to make and wrap gifts for family and friends. At St. John's Episcopal Church, 5649 Mount Gilead Road, Centreville. Call 703-803-7500.

Arches and Ridges for Boys and Girls. 11 a.m.-Noon. Over 800,000 children go missing every year, so keep your family safe by having your child’s fingerprints and other crucial information to give to authorities in the worst-case scenario. Sponsored by the National Child Identification Program, the American Football Coaches Association, and the Society of Former Special Agents of the F.B.I, this Eagle Scout project will help keep your family safe by conducting free fingerprinting of children from ages 4–18 at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church at 13421 Twin Lakes Dr., Clifton, VA 20124. All fingerprints and other information will be retained by family. Parent/guardian must accompany child during the process. All participants will be entered in a raffle to win an iPod Nano or a Fuzion Scooter. Contact Life Scout Tejas Aralere at 703-830-7278.

<cal1>Friday/Dec. 18

<cal2>Swing Dance. 8:30-9 p.m. beginner lesson; 9 p.m. to midnight dancing. With the band King Teddy, specializing in swing, rockabilly and jump blues. At the Hilton Washington Dulles Hotel, 13869 Park Center Road (Route 28 near the airport), Herndon.

Parents Night Out. 6-10 p.m. For children ages 6-12. Swimming, movies, snacks, activities and games. $20/first child; $15/each. At the Cub Run RECenter in Chantilly. Contact Tiffany Daubach or Kevin Jackson at 703-817-9407.

<cal1>Dec. 18, 19, 20

<cal2>"The Tale of Two Santas." Encore Theatrical Arts Project (ETAP) presents a dance performance directed and choreographed by Raynor van der Merwe and written by Brandon Kalbaugh. Dec. 18 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 19 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., and 8 p.m.; Dec. 20 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $17/students and seniors, $20/adults. At the Richard J. Ernst Cultural Community Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Call 703-222-5511 or go to www.encore-tap.org.

<cal1>Dec. 19-20

<cal2>Mia Saunders' "Nutcracker." Saturday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $12 adults/$10 seniors/$8 students and children. Proceeds benefit the CVHS Drama Boosters and Fisher House. Centreville High School Theatre, 6001 Union Mill Rd., Clifton. Contact Celine Righi at celinemrighi@yahoo.com or 703-968-9530.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 19

<cal2>Education Planning. 6:30-8 p.m. Presented by Emily Dupre, MFS Investments. At Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., 5870 Trinity Parkway, Suite 100, Centreville. RSVP to Christopher D. Allen, Advanced Financial Advisor, at 703-825-2382.