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<b>ONGOING</b>

Smart Markets of Oakton is a year-round market with vendors offering meats, cheeses, breads and bakery goods, pasta, sausages, coffee and Virginia wines. It is held Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. Visit www.smartmarkets.org.

The Fairfax County Police Department is now seeking residents to attend the upcoming Spring Citizens Police Academy, held Thursday evenings March 12 through May 16. The Citizens Police Academy offers Fairfax County citizens a better understanding of the Police Department and a greater awareness of the daily challenges faced by its officers.

The Citizens Police Academy is a 10-week program designed to provide members of the public a unique "glimpse behind the badge."

The Spring Citizens Police Academy will be held Thursday evenings from March 12 through May 16, 2009. Classes meet from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., with the exception of graduation which will be held on Saturday, May 16 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Class locations will rotate to various police facilities throughout the county.

The program is offered free of charge. Applicants are required to live or work in Fairfax County, must be 18 years of age, and provide their own transportation to and from training. Acceptance is subject to review of applicant’s criminal record and police contact history.

For more information or an application form, e-mail CPA@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-280-0713.

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority is searching for a new partner to operate Hemlock Overlook Regional Park. Hemlock Overlook Regional Park is one of 22 parks owned by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.

The facility includes a zip line through the woods and a high elements challenge course. All features at the facility have been used for team building and environmental education for both fifth and sixth graders. Various companies and organizations have also utilized the facility in order to promote and strengthen teambuilding skills. The park includes 275 acres of rolling woodlands situated on the banks of Bull Run in Clifton. Also included are cabins, rest room/shower buildings, mess hall, administration building, and several picnic shelters.

Organizations interested in submitting proposals can obtain a copy of the newly release request for proposals at: http://www.nvrpa.org/html/index.php?pg=bidsproposals.html

Centreville Regional Library will be offering AARP Tax-Aide to walk-in clients on Tuesdays from 1-8 p.m.; Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting Feb. 1 through April 15. The library is at 14200 St. Germaine Dr., Centreville. This year, all tax returns will be electronically filed. All taxpayers MUST bring a government issued picture ID and Social Security cards for all persons included on the tax return. For more information, call 1-888-227-7669 (AARP NOW) or visit the Web site at www.aarp.org/taxaide.

Austin Grill in Centreville is holding a Kids Eat Free (2 per paying adult) on Tuesday evenings from 6-8 p.m.

Chick-fil-A at Fair Oaks Mall hosts "Family Night" every Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. Every week there is a free, different activity to entertain kids of all ages. Come celebrate at Fair Oaks Mall, located inside the main entrance between Sears and Macy’s. Call us 703-279-1883 or email at CFAEVENTS@aol.com.

<b>Feb. 26-March 1</b>

The Capital Home & Garden Show will take place Feb. 26 - March 1 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. The region's largest consumer home show offers one-stop shopping for deals on products and services, including the latest eco friendly green items and cutting-edge technology, spread over two large exhibit halls. Hours are Thursday 5-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $12 adults, $3 children (6-12), free kids 5 & under. Save $3 off of adult admission when you buy your ticket online at www.CapitalHomeShow.com.

<b>Friday, Feb. 27</b>

Swing Dances are held every Friday night at the Dulles Hilton in the Red Fox Room with Sue and Gary Caley. Drop-in beginner lesson included in price of admission from 8:30-9 p.m. Live music from 9 p.m. to midnight. Cost is $15. All ages welcome, large dance floors, air conditioned. Hilton Washington Dulles Hotel, 13869 Park Center Road, Herndon. Go to www.gottaswing.com for details etc.

<b>Saturday, Feb. 28</b>

Fairfax County Mothers of Multiples is holding a Huge Baby/Kids Clothing and Equipment Consignment Sale on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chantilly High School cafeteria (Entrance #11), 4201 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. Some 150-plus families will be selling good quality clothing, shoes, toys, books, CD/DVD/VHS, baby/kid furniture, strollers, maternity wear, infant nursery/layette items, and more. At previous sales, more than 11,000 items were sold, and 90 percent were less than $5. Free admission. For more information and future sale notifications www.fcmom.org.

Learn the factual story of the building of the Sully Historic House on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. To make a reservation, call 703-437-1794. The cost is $6 per adult, $5 per student, and $4 per senior and child. Sully Historic Site is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly.

<b>Tuesday/March 3</b>

The Northern Virginia Holistic Moms will hold its March meeting on Tuesday, March 3 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. This month's topic is: "Organic Gardening" Hear organic gardening tips from Mitch Baker of American Plan and Nursery.

<b>Thursday, March 5</b>

The seminar, A Deadly High — Learn How Heroin is Impacting Teens in Our Community, will be held Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at the Virginia Run Community Center, 15355 Wetherburn Court, Centreville. Presenters include: Fairfax County police department narcotics detective; the Alcohol & Drug SAP coordinators from Centreville, Chantilly and Westfield high schools; A recovering teen and her family; and a local physician to provide a medical perspective. Call 703-814-7048.

<b>March 6-7</b>

The Alliance Theatre will present "Capital Cabaret", an eight-person singing group, at Mountain View High School in Centreville on March 6, 7, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 8 and 22 at 2 p.m. Featuring a 90-minute show with songs from "Mamma Mia," Manhattan Transfer, Wicked, Man of La Mancha, Rent, Mowtown, Tom Lehrer, and many more. Cast includes director- Joe Philipoom, musical director -Charlie Manship, Cathy Arnold, Stacy Crickmer, Annie Ermlick, Jim Mitchell, Denica Shook, Trace Stokes and Lee Wilbur. Go to www.thealliancetheatre.org for tickets.

<b>March 6-15</b>

The third annual Home and Garden Show will take place March 6-15 from 10 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. at Fair Oaks Mall. The event will showcase the best trends in home and garden design. Free and open to the public. Presented by Merrifield Garden Center. Visit www.ShopFairOaksMall.com/HomeAndGarden or call 703-359-8302.

<b>Saturday/March 7</b>

Del. Chuck Caputo will host a Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, March 7 from 2-4 p.m. at the Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly.

<b>March 7-8</b>

An important rite of Spring in the nation’s capital is the return of the D.C. Big Flea, March 7-8, at the Dulles Expo Center. Browse through booths filled with fine porcelains, art glass, pottery, posters, paintings, furniture from all eras, estate and costume jewelry. The best deals are all here. So what are you waiting for? Show hours are 9-6 p.m. Saturday; 11-5 p.m. Sunday. The Dulles Expo Center is located at 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly. Admission is $10 for both days. Call: 757/430-4735, or visit www.damoreproductions.com.

<b>Sunday, March 8</b>

The Western Fairfax Republican Women's Club (WFRWC) will meet Sunday, March 8 from 1-4 p.m. at Kena Temple Center, 9001 Arlington Blvd. (Route 50 between Nutley and Cedar), Fairfax. The speaker is Chriss Watson, first woman to lead the White House office of speech writing for President H.W. Bush. Contact Julie Williams at 703-264-5854. Visit www.wfrwc.org.

Make Room for Huge Colorful Dahlias. On Sunday, March 8, The Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society will present a one hour program with a video, Q & A’s, plus reference handouts, by award winning grower, Ed Mascali, on " How, When and Where to plant your tubers to achieve those huge Dahlia Blooms". The meeting will be held at the Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls Street, Falls Church, starting at 2:30 p.m. Open to the public. Free Admission and refreshments. Call Jim Dunne at 703-560-8776.

<b>Thursday, March 19</b>

La Leche League of Centreville/Chantilly will hold its March meeting on Thursday, March 19 at 10 a.m. The topic is "The Art of Breastfeeding and Avoiding Difficulties". Pregnant and nursing women as well as their children are welcome to attend. Meeting location is the Centreville Library, 14200 St. Germaine Drive. FREE. Call a La Leche League Leader at 703-471-7762 or 703-449-0131.

The New Providence Republican Women meeting will be held Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at the Oakton Library, Meeting Room 1, 10304 Lynnhaven Place. Guest speaker is Anthony Bedell, chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee. All welcome. Call 703-591-7368.

<b>March 20-21</b>

The Alliance Theatre will present "Capital Cabaret", an eight-person singing group, at Mountain View High School in Centreville on March 6, 7, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 8 and 22 at 2 p.m. Featuring a 90-minute show with songs from Mamma Mia, Manhattan Transfer, Wicked, Man of La Mancha, Rent, Mowtown, Tom Lehrer, and many more. Cast includes director- Joe Philipoom, musical director -Charlie Manship, Cathy Arnold, Stacy Crickmer, Annie Ermlick, Jim Mitchell, Denica Shook, Trace Stokes and Lee Wilbur. Go to www.thealliancetheatre.org for tickets.

<b>Monday, March 30</b>

Adventures in Gardening is a 10-week program for young gardeners that begins on Monday, March 30, at the Cub Run RECenter. Sessions are held on Mondays from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the RECenter and the cost is $79 per student. An additional supply fee of $8 is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting. Cub Run RECenter is located at 4630 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Call 703-817-9407.

<b>APRIL 3-5</b>

Satisfy your cravings at the Women’s Show of Northern Virginia at the Dulles Expo Center. Don’t miss savvy shopping, creative cooking ideas, healthy lifestyle tips, trendy fashion shows, great celebrity guests and prizes. Show Hours: Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $9 at door; $8 on-line; $7 at Harris Teeter with your VIC card. Youth (6-12), $5; under 6 free with adult. Groups of 10 or more, $7.50 each. Sponsored by Inova Health System, Fairfax Times, Harris Teeter, Northern Virginia Magazine, WUSA Channel 9, and Fairfax Woman. To order tickets or for more information call 800-849-0248 or visit www.WomensShowNOVA.com.

<b>Thursday, April 16</b>

La Leche League of Centreville/Chantilly will hold its April meeting on Thursday, April 16 at 10 a.m. The topic is "Nutrition and Weaning". Pregnant and nursing women as well as their children are welcome to attend. Meeting location is the Centreville Library, 14200 St. Germaine Drive. FREE. Call a La Leche League Leader at 703-471-7762 or 703-449-0131."

<b>MAY 1-3</b>

The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will be held Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. More than 225 of the nation's most accomplished fine artists and craft designers will present their wares. Located at 4320 Chantilly Place Center, Chantilly. Hours are: Friday, May 1 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $7 through online purchase, $8 for adults at the door, free for children under 12. Admission is good for all three days. Free parking is available. Visit www.SugarloafCrafts.com or call (800) 210-9900.

<b>Sunday/Aug. 23</b>

The Caring Hands Animal Hospital will hold its annual Open House on Sunday, Aug. 23 at its location at 5659 Stone Road in Centreville. Visitors are welcome to come and tour the hospital, meet the doctors and staff, participate in a silent auction, meet local rescue groups, spin a prize wheel, etc. All proceeds from the day go directly to benefit local pet rescue groups.