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Fairfax Station, Laurel Hill & Springfield Calendar

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<b>Thursday/Feb. 5

</b>Deicide, Vital Remains, Order of Ennead, Adrift and more. 6 p.m. Tickets $20 in advance, $22 day of show. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

Owl Tales, 10:30 a.m. at Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Stories and activities about owls. Age 13-23 months with adult. 703-249-1520.

<b>Friday/Feb. 6

</b>Cardinal Forest Elementary Fun Fair and Silent Auction, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at 8600 Forrester Blvd. in Springfield. Games, food, moon bounce, giant slide, cakewalk, raffles, and a silent auction of themed baskets created by each class. Game and food tickets will be sold at the door. Contact Jill Chastain at cjchastain@aol.com or 703 569-7518.

WEDNESDAY 13 with Cab Ride Home, The Buried, Crimson Hills and more. 7 p.m. $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

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

Workhouse Arts Center’s Spot-LYTE Youth Theatre Ensemble with "Art of Murder," 7:30 p.m. in the Workhouse Arts Center Gallery W-16, second floor, 9517 Workhouse Way, Lorton. The Spot-LYTE company members do all of the work involved, both onstage and off. Tickets are $10. 703-584-2900 or www.Workhousearts.org.

<b>Saturday/Feb. 7

</b>Re-Aligned Godsmack Tribute, Method of Friction, Along Those Lines, Bitter and Bentt. 8 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

Cirque Éloize with Nebbia: a Magical Fog, 8 p.m. at George Mason Center for the Arts, on the Fairfax campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Tickets are $23-$46, and age 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Music Safari, 1 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Nai Kante Davis in an interactive music show with authentic African instruments and clothing. All ages. 703-339-4610.

Chocolate Lovers Festival, Old Town Fairfax, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Some events require a fee, and other events are free. Contact 703-385-1661 or www.chocolatefestival.net for details.

Kung Food and Alex Rhoads, 7 p.m. at Coffihouse, 8433 Lee Highway, Merrifield. info@COFFiHOUSE.com.

Drummers and Drillers, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Watch woodpeckers and learn how to attract them to a yard. Reservations required for this adult program. $6 per adult. 703-768-2525.

Workhouse Arts Center’s Spot-LYTE Youth Theatre Ensemble with "Art of Murder," 7:30 p.m. in the Workhouse Arts Center Gallery W-16, second floor, 9517 Workhouse Way, Lorton. Tickets are $10. 703-584-2900 or www.Workhousearts.org.

<b>Sunday/Feb. 8

</b>Powerman 5000, Burn the Fields, Switch56, Not Liable, Through Exile, Kamura and Psychotic Revelation. 5:15 p.m. Tickets $18 in advance, $20 day of show. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

Jewish Community Center Book Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the JCC of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike. The nine-day event celebrates Jewish literacy and includes author lectures and programs. Contact LaurieA@jccnv.org, 703-537-3064 or www.jccnv.org for event schedules and costs.

Cirque Éloize with Nebbia: a Magical Fog, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at George Mason Center for the Arts, on the Fairfax campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performances on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Tickets are $23-$46, and age 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Chocolate Lovers Festival, Old Town Fairfax, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Some events require a fee, and other events are free. Contact 703-385-1661 or www.chocolatefestival.net for details.

<b>Monday/Feb. 9

</b>Little Hugs, 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Valentine fun. Age 24-35 months with adult. 703-339-4610.

Early Reader Book Discussion, 3:30 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call for titles. Age 6-8 with adult. 703-971-0010.

<b>Tuesday/Feb. 10

</b>Soilwork Tour with Withersoul and Olympus Shall Burn. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $22 in advance, $25 day of show. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

Jewish Community Center Book Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the JCC of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike. The nine-day event celebrates Jewish literacy and will include author lectures and programs, as well as books for purchase. Contact Laurie Albert at LaurieA@jccnv.org, 703-537-3064 or www.jccnv.org for the festival schedule.

VITA Tax Assistance, 6-8 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

Hearty Fun, 10:15 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Stories, activities and craft about Valentine's Day. Age 2-3 with adult. 703-971-0010.

Virginia Housing Development Authority Homeownership Education Seminar, 6 p.m. at Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike. The lecture will cover financial responsibility, ways to use credit wisely, strategies to build financial security through homeownership, and a variety of mortgage loans available with affordable financing terms. Attendees without NOVA parking permits should use the visitor parking garage for $1 per hour. Free food and giveaways will be provided. Contact Jessie Zahorian at jzahorian@nvcc.edu or 703-323-3484.

<b>Wednesday/Feb. 11

</b>Fairfax Station Railroad Museum Quarterly Forum, 7:30-9 p.m. at 11200 Fairfax Station Road in Fairfax Station. Jon Vrana will present Voices from City Point, describing first hand perspectives of civilian and military personnel as they are thrust together at a small Virginia town that became Gen. Grant's critical supply depot in the last year of the war, encompassing repair shops, hospitals, numerous bakeries and 22 miles of track connecting the wharves to the Union lines. Admission free, donations accepted. 703-425-9225.

Springfield Art Guild February Meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath St. Springfield. Contact Donnalynne Lefever at 703-644-6677 or magickaldl@earthlink.net.

Practice Your English, 10:15 and 7:30 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Conversation group for adults. 703-339-4610.

Science and Stories, 4:30 p.m. at Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Stories and simple science experiments. Age 4-6. 703-249-1520.

Older Adults Book Group, 2 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Dreaming of the Bones by Deborah Crombie. 703-339-4610.

<b>Thursday/Feb. 12

</b>Micro Wrestling Federation. 9 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 day of show. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

Early Literacy Storytime for Parent and Preschooler, 11 a.m. at Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. 703-339-7385.

Bees and Bee Boxes at Home, 7-8:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. How to build and care for bee boxes. For ages 11 and up. Reservations required. $6 per person. 703-768-2525.

"Hay Fever," 8 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts, Black Box Theater, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. $6, $3 students and seniors. 703-993-2787 or www.tickets.com.

<b>Friday/Feb. 13

</b>Too Pure to Die, Thick as Blood and Estates. 5 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

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

Ponderings: Animals and Superstitions, 4:30-6 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield. Debunking superstitions and other animal lore. Reservations required. For ages 6-10. $5 per child. 703-451-9588.

"Hay Fever," 8 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts, Black Box Theater, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. $6, $3 students and seniors. 703-993-2787 or www.tickets.com.

Be My Anti-Valentine, 6 p.m. at Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Protest everything that's lame about Valentine's Day while partying with other teens. Food, prizes and a complete lack of cheesy sentimentality. Age 12-18. 703-249-1520.

Workhouse Arts Center’s Spot-LYTE Youth Theatre Ensemble with "Art of Murder," 7:30 p.m. in the Workhouse Arts Center Gallery W-16, second floor, 9517 Workhouse Way, Lorton. The Spot-LYTE company members do all of the work involved, both onstage and off. Tickets are $10. 703-584-2900 or www.Workhousearts.org.

<b>Saturday/Feb. 14

</b>Friends Book Sale, 10 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

Used Book Sale, 10 a.m. at Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Friends Book Sale. All ages. 703-339-7385.

VITA Tax Assistance, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

Animal Sweethearts Dance, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield. Music, dancing, crafts and more. Reservations required. For ages 3-8. $6 per child. 703-451-9588.

Winter Tree Trek, 1-3:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Explore the woods and develop tree identification skills. Adults. Reservations required. $6 per person. 703-768-2525.

Sherlock Bones, 1-3 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Skulls, skeletons and self-guided activities. Free. 703-768-2525.

"Hay Fever," 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts, Black Box Theater, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. $6, $3 students and seniors. 703-993-2787 or www.tickets.com.

Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League (MAGDRL), 12-2 p.m. at Felix & Oscar, 6671-A Backlick Road, Springfield. MAGDRL will be at Felix & Oscar on the second Saturday of each month. 703-866-0222 or www.nova-magdrl.org.

Workhouse Arts Center’s Spot-LYTE Youth Theatre Ensemble with "Art of Murder," 7:30 p.m. in the Workhouse Arts Center Gallery W-16, 2nd floor, 9517 Workhouse Way, Lorton. Tickets are $10. 703-584-2900 or www.Workhousearts.org.

<b>Sunday/Feb. 15

</b>N-Scale Model Trains Running at Fairfax Station Railroad Museum community room and caboose, 1-4 p.m. at 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Admission is $2 per adult and $1 per child. 703-425-9225 or www.fairfax-station.org.

The Virginia Opera and "Tosca," 2 p.m. George Mason University Concert Hall on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University, at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins at 1:15 p.m. on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Tickets are $44-$98. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or at www.tickets.com. www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Nature Quest: Signs of Spring. 10 a.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield. Ages 3-6. Reservations required, $4 per child. 703-451-9588.

Sherlock Bones, 1-3 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Skulls, skeletons and self-guided activities. Free. 703-768-2525.

"Hay Fever," 2 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts, Black Box Theater, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. $6, $3 students and seniors. 703-993-2787 or www.tickets.com.

<b>Tuesday/Feb. 17

</b>Little Valentines, 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Heartfelt stories and activities. Age 13-23 months with adult.

Mother-Daughter Book Group, 7 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call for the title and to sign up. Age 9-11 with adult. 703-971-0010.

VITA Tax Assistance, 6-8 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

Evening Book Discussion, 7:30 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson. Adults. 703-339-4610.

Care With Dignity, 7 p.m. at Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Author Frank Fuerst discusses caring for his wife for 17 years and offers practical tips to others. Book signing will follow. Adults. 703-249-1520.

<b>Wednesday/Feb. 18

</b>Small Wonders, 10:15 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Stories, fingerplays and activities. Age 13-23 months with adult. 703-971-0010.

Practice Your English, 10:15 and 7:30 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Conversation group for adults. 703-339-4610.

Lorton Book Club, 7:30 p.m. at Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. "Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil" by Deborah Rodriguez. Adults. 703-339-7385.

Book Discussion Group, 7:15 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call for title. Adults. 703-971-0010.

Needlework Group, 10:30 a.m. at 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/Feb. 19

</b>South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce (SFCC) Kick-Off Meeting, 6-9 p.m. at Pane è Vino Restaurant, 9020 Lorton Station Blvd., Suite E, Lorton. SFCC brings together diverse business and civic leaders in Lorton, Laurel Hill, Newington, Fort Belvoir, South Springfield, Burke, Fairfax Station, Clifton, Occoquan and Woodbridge. Monthly meetings are at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, at South County Secondary School, 8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton, in the Media Center. All interested parties are invited to consider membership. www.SouthFairfaxChamber.org.

Make New Friends, 10:30 a.m. at Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Stories, songs and activities about friendship. Age 2-5 with adult. 703-249-1520.

<b>Friday/Feb. 20

</b>L.A. Theatre Works and "The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial," 8 p.m. at George Mason University's Center for the Arts on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University, at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Tickets are $19-$38. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or at www.tickets.com. www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Lunch Bunch, 12 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Bring lunch, listen to stories. Birth-5 with adult. 703-971-0010.

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce 11th Annual Mardi Gras Casino Night, 7-11 p.m. at the Hilton Springfield, 6550 Loisdale Road in Springfield. Prizes, food and fun. Area restaurants and caterers will be featured. Tickets in advance $55, at the door $65. 703-866-3500.

Winter Night Hikes, 7:30-9 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield. Reservations required. Adults $5, under age 16 $3. 703-569-0285.

<b>Saturday/Feb. 21

</b>VITA Tax Assistance, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

Weekend Pohick Rangers, 10 a.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield. First of a five-part program on decomposers, mammal tracking, freshwater ecosystems, nocturnal wildlife, reptiles and more. Reservations required. For ages 9-12. $75. 703-451-9588.

Sherlock Bones, 1-3 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Skulls, skeletons and self-guided activities. Free. 703-768-2525.

Wonderful Wetland Waterfowl, 2-4 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Look for green-winged teals, pintails, swamp sparrows and more. For age 9 and older; children must be accompanied by an adult. $6 per person. 703-768-2525.

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, 8 p.m. at the George Mason Center for the Arts, on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins at 7:15 p.m. on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Tickets are $19-$38. Age 12 and under, half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Second Annual Monopoly Tournament, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Glory Days Grill, 9459 Lorton Market St., Lorton. All proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia. Entry fee $25, including breakfast and lunch. First prize $500. Contact Ron Kowalski at 1-888-495-6207 ext. 7 or www.lortonmonopoly.com.

<b>Sunday/Feb. 22

</b>Open House, 2-4 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield. Park programs, natural resources, park and community history and more. Free. 703-569-0285.

Sherlock Bones, 1-3 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Skulls, skeletons and self-guided activities. Free. 703-768-2525.

Drumline Live, 7 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, on the Fairfax campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. A free pre-performance discussion begins at 6:15 p.m. on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Tickets are $22-$44. Age 12 and under half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. www.gmu.edu/cfa.

<b>Monday/Feb. 23

</b>Writer's Group, 7 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Read material aloud for feedback. Adults. 703-339-4610.