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Fairfax Station, Laurel Hill & Springfield Calendar

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/March 5

</b>Brook Yoder, 7:30 p.m. at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860 or www.katesirishpub.com.

Froggie Tales, 10:30 a.m. at Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Stories, songs and activities about frogs. For ages 13-23 months with adult. 703-249-1520.

Book Discussion Group, 12 p.m. at the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Jim the Boy by Tony Earley. Adults. 703-339-4610.

<b>Friday/March 6

</b>Mariza sings Portuguese Fado, 8 p.m. at George Mason University 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 7:15 p.m. on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Tickets are $23-$46. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. www.gmu.edu/cfa

Brook Yoder, 7:30 p.m. at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860 or www.katesirishpub.com.

Springfield Community Theatre presents "The Fantastics," 8 p.m. at The New School of Northern Virginia, 9431 Silver King Court, Fairfax. Tickets $15 adults, $13 students and seniors. For reservations, call 703-866-6238. info@sctonline.org.

Lunch Bunch, 12 p.m. at the John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Bring a lunch and have fun. Birth-5 with adult. 703-971-0010.

<b>Saturday/March 7

</b>Nelly Custis Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogy Workshop, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Church of the Spirit, 5775 Barclay Drive in Kingstowne. Five sessions, ranging from a quick overview of standards of research to specific resources held by federal, state, and county repositories. Register by sending name, email address and telephone number to NellyCustisDAR@gmail.com. www.nellycustisdar.memberlodge.org.

Brook Yoder, 7:30 p.m. at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860 or www.katesirishpub.com.

Springfield Community Theatre presents "The Fantastics," 8 p.m. at The New School of Northern Virginia, 9431 Silver King Court, Fairfax. Tickets $15 adults, $13 students and seniors. For reservations, call 703-866-6238. info@sctonline.org.

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

Art Workshop and Collaborative Installation with Chelsea Owens, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Gallery W-16, First Floor, Workhouse Arts Center, 9517 Workhouse Way, Lorton. Collaborate on a group project where vision and synergy will ultimately create a multi-media, multi-medium quilt installation representing the heritage and essence of women around the world. Free. 703-584-2900 or WorkhouseArts.org.

<b>Sunday/March 8

</b>The Loft Gallery 23rd Anniversary Signature Show, with Artists Reception 1-4 p.m. at 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Meet and talk to the artists, visit artists at work in their studios and watch gallery artists giving demonstrations. 703-490-1117 or www.loftgallery.org.

Gunston Hall Liberty Lecture Series, 3 p.m. at Gunston Hall Plantation, 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck. James Madison’s Republic: From Original Intentions to 21st-Century Expectations, with David Marion, Hampden-Sydney College, and remarks by George Mason, as portrayed by Don McAndrews. $9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 6-18. Light refreshments served from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Guided tour included. Register at 703-550-9220. www.gunstonhall.org.

Karaoke, 7:30 p.m. at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860 or www.katesirishpub.com.

Springfield Community Theatre presents "The Fantastics," 2 p.m. at The New School of Northern Virginia, 9431 Silver King Court, Fairfax. Tickets $15 adults, $13 students and seniors. For reservations, call 703-866-6238. info@sctonline.org.

Adoption Seminar, 2 p.m. at Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road Burke. Free. Contact Barbara C. Jones of Autumn Adoptions, Inc. at 703-568-1314 or autumnadoptions@msn.com.

Getting the Vote, The Suffragist Story, 12-5 p.m. in Gallery W-16, Second Floor, Workhouse Arts Center, 9517 Workhouse Way, Lorton. Documentary videos, poetry readings, music and a period reenactment about the women who fought for, and won, the right to vote. Free. 703-584-2900 or WorkhouseArts.org.

Vegan Cooking Class: "Soups & Stews." 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 9302 Hallston Court, Fairfax Station. $50 per person. Class includes food samples, recipes, and coupons. Pre-registration required. 703-643-2713 or www.localdc.com/cooking.

<b>Monday/March 9

</b>Open Mic, 7:30 p.m. at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860 or www.katesirishpub.com.

Rainbow Readers, 10:30 a.m. at the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Colorful stories. Age 24-35 months with adult. 703-339-4610.

<b>Tuesday/March 10

</b>The Road to Independence, 7 p.m. at Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Playwright and actor Adam Whitley presents a one-man play about three major events leading up to the Declaration of Independence: The Stamp Act, The Townshend Act and the Boston Massacre. Adults. 703-249-1520.

Orange Hunt Art and Literacy Night Cultural Encounters, 6-7:30 p.m. at 6820 Sydenstricker Road, Springfield. Learn the history and artistic techniques of other cultures through mask making, weaving, stitchery, designing clothes for a cultural dance, origami and stories. Have a picture taken and made into a "Get Caught Reading" mini-poster. 703-913-6800.

Computer Tutoring, 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Get one-on-one help with computers, common software applications and navigating the Internet. Call for details and to sign up. Adults. 703-249-1520.

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

Think Green, 10:15 a.m. at the John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with stories and activities. Age 2-3 with adult. 703-971-0010.

<b>Wednesday/March 11

</b>NARFE Springfield Chapter 893 Meeting, 1:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 176, 5620 Amherst Ave., Springfield. Jim Delgado, recently retired director of the Voluntary Service Program, will speak on today's Veterans Affairs and how it serves the nation's veterans. Contact Rod Bricksin at rbricksin@yahoo.com. Guests welcome. 703-451-3287.

Older Adults Book Group, 2 p.m. at the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. "Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989" by Michael R. Beschloss. 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.

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

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

Springfield Art Guild March Meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath St., Springfield. Guest speaker Mark Isaacs, on perspective in landscapes. Contact Donnalynne Lefever at 703-644-6677 or magickaldl@earthlink.net.

<b>Thursday/March 12

</b>Becky Mode's "Fully Committed," 7:30 p.m. at Lake Braddock Secondary, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-426-1070.

John Longbottom, 7:30 p.m. at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860 or www.katesirishpub.com.

Pirates and Parrots, 1:30 p.m. at the Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Stories, activities and a craft. Age 4-5 with adult. 703-339-7385.

Emerald Ash Borer information session, 7 p.m. at the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. 703-339-4610. The location of the session is based on the locations of the emerald ash borer infestations found to date, and will focus on signs and symptoms of emerald ash borer, how to identify an ash tree, treatment options, hiring an arborist or tree care company, the upcoming spring trapping program and the current emerald ash borer quarantine. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/environmental/trees.htm

<b>Friday/March 13

</b>ArtNotes Concert Series with Brass 5, 7-9 p.m. in the Workhouse Arts Center’s Gallery W-16, 2nd floor, 9517 Workhouse Way, Lorton. Come early to explore exhibitions on view and visit artists working in the studio buildings. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. 703-584-2900 or www.Workhousearts.org.

Becky Mode's "Fully Committed," 7:30 p.m. at Lake Braddock Secondary, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-426-1070.

John Longbottom, 7:30 p.m. at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860 or www.katesirishpub.com.

Springfield Community Theatre presents "The Fantastics," 8 p.m. at The New School of Northern Virginia, 9431 Silver King Court, Fairfax. Tickets $15 adults, $13 students and seniors. For reservations, call 703-866-6238. info@sctonline.org.

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

Messiah United Methodist Church Girlfriends Night Out Simplici-"Tea," 7-9 p.m. at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield. Bring a box of 24 tea bags and a favorite store bought treat. Some tea will be for tasting, but everyone will go home with a variety of tea bags. Reserve at 703-569-9862 or office@messiahumc.org.

<b>Saturday/March 14

</b>Becky Mode's "Fully Committed," 7:30 p.m. at Lake Braddock Secondary, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-426-1070.

John Longbottom, 7:30 p.m. at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860 or www.katesirishpub.com.

Springfield Community Theatre presents "The Fantastics," 8 p.m. at The New School of Northern Virginia, 9431 Silver King Court, Fairfax. Tickets $15 adults, $13 students and seniors. For reservations, call 703-866-6238. info@sctonline.org.

Stephen Ministries Caring Ministries Workshop, 8:30 a.m. at Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield. Led by Joel Keen, Stephen Ministries Center, St. Louis, Mo. $15 per person, or $50 for a congregation group of four or more. To register call 314-428-2600 or www.caringministry.org.

Artist’ Reception for Chelsea Owens’ exhibition Adaptations, 2 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. www.chelseaowens.com or 703-584-2900.

Friends Book Sale, 10 a.m. at the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Gems and finds for all readers. 703-339-4610.

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

Friends of Accotink Creek Quarterly Biological Stream Monitoring, to assess water quality. 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Byron Avenue Park, and 1-3 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. New volunteers welcome, no experience required. www.accotink.org.

<b>Sunday/March 15

</b>Gunston Hall Liberty Lecture Series, 3 p.m. at Gunston Hall Plantation, 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck. The Constitution Goes to College: How Constitutional Ideas Have Influenced the Identity of American Universities, with Rodney A. Smolla, Dean, Washington & Lee School of Law. $9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 6-18. Light refreshments served from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Guided tour included. Register at 703-550-9220. www.gunstonhall.org.

Karaoke, 7:30 p.m. at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860 or www.katesirishpub.com.

Springfield Community Theatre presents "The Fantastics," 2 p.m. at The New School of Northern Virginia, 9431 Silver King Court, Fairfax. Tickets $15 adults, $13 students and seniors. For reservations, call 703-866-6238. info@sctonline.org.

N-Scale Model Trains at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 1-4 p.m. The Northern Virginia NTRAK model railroad club will be running trains in the community room and the caboose at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum at 11200 Fairfax Station Road in Fairfax Station. Admission is $2 adult and $1 child. 703-425-9225 or www.fairfax-station.org.

Exhibition Reception: Workhouse Artist Associates and Workhouse Art Guild, 2-5 p.m. in Gallery W-16, First Floor, Workhouse Arts Center, 9517 Workhouse Way, Lorton. Free. 703-584-2900 or WorkhouseArts.org.

<b>Monday/March 16

</b>Open Mic, 7:30 p.m. at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860 or www.katesirishpub.com.

<b>Tuesday/March 17

</b>St. Patrick’s Day at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. Don Cobert at 11:30 a.m., Brook Yoder at 4:30 p.m. and Dave Berry at 9 p.m. 703-866-0860 or www.katesirishpub.com.

Dogs Say Woof! 10:30 a.m. at the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Doggie stories and activities. Age 13-23 months with adult. 703-339-4610.

Computer Tutoring, 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Get one-on-one help with computers, common software applications and navigating the Internet. Call for details and to sign up. Adults. 703-249-1520.

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

Shamrock Magic, 10:30 a.m. at the Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Stories, activities and a craft. Age 2-3 with adult. 703-339-7385.

Evening Book Discussion, 7:30 p.m. at the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. "Persuasion" by Jane Austen. Adults. 703-339-4610.

Amazing Escapes, 7 p.m. at Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Join award-winning storyteller Gary Lloyd for edge-of-the-seat survival stories. Age 12 and up. 703-249-1520.

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

<b>Wednesday/March 18

</b>Needlework Group, 10:30 a.m. at Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Bring a project to work on and enjoy the company of fellow needlecrafters. Adults. 703-249-1520.

Small Wonders, 10:30 a.m. at the John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Stories, fingerplays and activities. Age 13-23 months with adult.

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

Lorton Book Club, 7:30 p.m. at the Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. "People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks. Adults. 703-339-7385.

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

<b>Thursday/March 19

</b>Dave Berry, 7:30 p.m. at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860 or www.katesirishpub.com.

Going Green, 10:30 a.m. at Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Stories, songs, and activities highlight Ireland. For ages 2-5 with adult. 703-249-1520.

Springfield Writers' Group, 7 p.m. at the temporary Richard Byrd Library, 6315 Backlick Road, Springfield, on the second floor of the Bank of America building. Share your work, give and receive feedback in a supportive setting. Adults. 703-451-8055.

Kites, 4 p.m. at the John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Let's make a kite. Age 6-12. 703-971-0010.

<b>Friday/March 20

</b>The Russian National Ballet Theatre in "Cinderella," 8 p.m. at the 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 at 7:15 p.m. on the Grand Tier III. Tickets are $27-$54. Age 12 and under, half price Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Dave Berry, 7:30 p.m. at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860 or www.katesirishpub.com.

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

<b>Saturday/March 21

</b>Gunston Hall Kite Festival, 12-5 p.m. at Gunston Hall Plantation, 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck. Hands-on colonial activities for children, an 18th-century puppet show, hearth cooking demonstrations, and exploration of a modern fire truck. Food service available for picnics. Bring a kite or purchase one from the Museum Shop. The Garden Club of Fort Belvoir will offer spring plants for sale. $10 adults, $6 ages 6-18, $2 ages 2-5 years. $25 Family Admission for up to 2 adults and 3 children. 703-550-9220 or www.gunstonhall.org.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre in "Sleeping Beauty," 8 p.m. at the 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 at 7:15 p.m. on the Grand Tier III. Tickets are $27-$54. Age 12 and under, half price Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Dave Berry, 7:30 p.m. at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860 or www.katesirishpub.com.

Make It Up As You Go, 1 p.m. at Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Have some laughs and develop your creative side by playing theater games at this improvisational comedy event. Ages 12-18. 703-249-1520.

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

Garfield Elementary PTA Arts and Crafts Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 7101 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. Free admission. Over 65 vendors selling handcrafted items, silent auction and raffle. lhoangnguyen@gmail.com.

<b>Sunday/March 22

</b>Karaoke, 7:30 p.m. at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860 or www.katesirishpub.com.

The Academy of Ancient Music, 4 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts, on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Hear all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins at 3:15 p.m. on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Tickets are $24-$48. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. www.gmu.edu/cfa.