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Fairfax Station, Laurel Hill & Springfield Calendar

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<b>Thursday/March 26

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

Lamb Frolics, 10:30 a.m. at the temporary Richard Byrd Library, 6315 Backlick Road, Springfield, on the second floor of the Bank of America building. Enjoy a drop-in storytime with books, songs and fingerplay about lambs. Age 2-5 with adult. 703-451-8055.

Preschool Storytime, 1 p.m. at the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Join us for stories, songs and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. 703-339-4610.

Stories and Science, 4 p.m. at the John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Stories, activities and an age-appropriate science experiment. Age 4-6 with adult. 703-971-0010.

Tell It Again, 6 p.m. at the temporary Richard Byrd Library, 6315 Backlick Road, Springfield, on the second floor of the Bank of America building. Hear the story "Dora the Explorer: Eggs for everyone/Huevos para todos" in Spanish and English. Age 4 to 12 with adult. 703-451-8055.

“So You Want To Be a Star…,” 2 p.m. at HeartBeats Music & Dance, 8060 Rolling Road, Springfield. A free lecture for aspiring dancers, singers, actors and their parents by Peter Sklar. Reservations required. For ages 6-18 only. No one under age 18 will be admitted without their parent or legal guardian. 703-440-9000.

Semi-annual Used Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Burke Centre Library. Thousands of used books at great prices. Early bird sale for Friends of the Library only, 4-8 p.m., at Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. 703-249-1520.

<b>Friday/March 27

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

Burke Centre Friends Book Sale, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. 703-249-1520.

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.

Frayz, Oz Boyz and Dave the Barber. 8 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $20 in advance, $25 day of show. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

Employment Workshop. 7-10 p.m., at the Mott Community Center, 12111 Braddock Road, Fairfax. Presented by the Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services the workshop includes Interview Do’s and Don’ts, Tips for Job Applications and Dressing for Success. In addition, the University of Phoenix will offer a free scholarship workshop for parents on how to find and apply for scholarships for college-bound teens. Both Events are free but require pre-registration by calling Chris Goldbecker at 703-278-8605, TTY 711 by March 25. For more, contact: Chris Goldbecker at Christopher.Goldbecker@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Semi-annual Used Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Burke Centre Library. Thousands of used books at great prices. 10:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m., at Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. 703-249-1520.

Theater Performance. The Providence Players of Fairfax will perform the mystery “Rehearsal for Murder” by Richard Levinson and William Link, 7:30 p.m., at the James Lee Community Center Theater 2855 Annandale Road, Fall Church. Tickets are $15 for adults $12 for children and seniors and can be reserved by phone at 703-425-6782, e-mail at providenceplayers@cox.net. For more, visit www.providenceplayers.org.

<b>Saturday/March 28

</b>The Northern Virginia Chorale and the NVCC Annandale Chorale present “Shakespeare in Spring,” 8 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5800 Backlick Road, Springfield. Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, George Shearing’s Music to Hear, Joseph Haydn’s The Creation and more. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Age 12-24 $10, under 12 free. www.northernvirginiachorale.org or call 703-239-2180.

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

George Jones and “Conway Twitty: The Man, The Music, The Legend, The Musical,” 7:30 p.m. at the Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $34.50, available online at www.ticketmaster.com or via Phonecharge at 703-573-SEAT.

Book Signing and Story time with Susan Crites, local award winning children's author of “I Love You More Than Rainbows.” 1-4 p.m., Springfield Borders, 6701 Frontier Drive, Springfield. 703-924-4894. www.susancrites.com.

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

Kaydee Puppets, 10:30 a.m. at the John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Puppets perform "The Little Red Hen's Wacky Week" and "The Princess and the Pea." All ages. 703-971-0010.

The Viandante Quartet, 3 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9517 Workhouse Way, Lorton. Performed by members of the Shenandoah University Conservancy. Includes opportunities for audience interaction with music professors Clyde Shaw and Doris Lederer. clorange@su.edu or acambel@su.edu.

Messiah United Methodist Church Women’s Lenten Prayer Breakfast, 8 a.m. at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield. Reserve at 703-569-9862 or office@messiahumc.org.

“So You Want To Be a Star…,” 4 p.m. at HeartBeats Music & Dance, 8060 Rolling Road, Springfield. A free lecture for aspiring dancers, singers, actors and their parents by Peter Sklar. Reservations required. 703-440-9000.

Stop Hunger Now Meal Packaging Event, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. at Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield. Participants will work in an assembly line operation mixing, bagging and boxing dry ingredients of a high-protein, vitamin-rich, chicken-rice casserole. Child care provided. Contact LaRae Curry at 703-455-5124. www.stophungernow.org.

Sponge, Dirt, Crooked Crow, GI9 and Crow Moon. 8 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $17 in advance, $20 day of show. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

Clifton Horse Society Annual Meeting, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Hemlock Overlook, 13220 Yates Ford Road in Clifton. Bring a dish for the potluck. Contact Ursula Moore at 703-830-1965 or jeffursula15@cox.net.

Saturday/March 28

Semi-annual Used Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Burke Centre Library. Thousands of used books at great prices. 4-8 p.m., at Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. 703-249-1520.

Evening of Jazz with Dick Hyman presented by the City of Fairfax Band. Master class 2 p.m., at George Mason University, Center for the Arts, Grand Tier III, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Concert is 8 p.m., at Fairfax High School Auditorium, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax. The master class is free and open to the public. General admission concert tickets are $13 Adults, $7 Seniors. Free admission for children and students 18 and under. Doors open one hour prior to concert. Free parking. Purchase tickets online at www.fairfaxband.org. Group discounts are available with advanced sales. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 703-757-0220 or e-mail info@fairfaxband.org.

Theater Performance. The Providence Players of Fairfax will perform the mystery “Rehearsal for Murder” by Richard Levinson and William Link, 7:30 p.m., at the James Lee Community Center Theater 2855 Annandale Road, Fall Church. Tickets are $15 for adults $12 for children and seniors and can be reserved by phone at 703-425-6782, e-mail at providenceplayers@cox.net. For more, visit www.providenceplayers.org.

<b>Sunday/March 29

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

Empowered Women International Multi-Media Exhibition Reception, 2-4 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center Gallery W-16, second floor, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. Featuring the We the People Project, an art exhibition that highlights a vision of America today, and includes storytelling, poetry and music from participating artists. The exhibition runs through April 4. www.WorkhouseArts.org or 703-584-2900.

Stop Hunger Now Meal Packaging Event, 1-4 p.m. at Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield. Participants will work in an assembly line operation mixing, bagging and boxing dry ingredients of a high-protein, vitamin-rich, chicken-rice casserole. Child care provided. Contact LaRae Curry at 703-455-5124. www.stophungernow.org.

Sing Me Insomnia, six Watt, Beatnik Flies, Fight Cloud, The Cliched, Thomas, Ugly Thrash Demon, Stuck in the Mud, The Offset and Nightmare Ritual. 4:15 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $8 in advance, $10 day of show. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

Theater Performance. The Providence Players of Fairfax will perform the mystery “Rehearsal for Murder” by Richard Levinson and William Link, 2 p.m., at the James Lee Community Center Theater 2855 Annandale Road, Fall Church. Tickets are $15 for adults $12 for children and seniors and can be reserved by phone at 703-425-6782, e-mail at providenceplayers@cox.net. For more, visit www.providenceplayers.org.

<b>Monday/March 30

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

Blood Drive. 2-7 p.m., at Garfield Elementary School, 7101 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. Garfield, Crestwood, and Lynbrook elementary schools have hosted this event for five years and have helped Red Cross meet its quota every year. Contact Dawn Rihaly at 703-923-2910 or at dhrihaly @fcps.edu to schedule your life-saving donation. For more, call 1-800-Give-Life or visit my-redcross.org.

Take a Journey on Artery Explorer. Visit Inova Fairfax Hospital from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an informative experience on the Artery Explorer, an interactive motion simulator that takes participants on a virtual tour of an artery affected by atherosclerosis or plaque buildup. Free. Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. For more information about the Artery Explorer and US AGAINST ATHERO, go to www.athero.com.

<b>Tuesday/March 31

</b>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. Tax help. Adults. 703-339-4610.

Book Discussion Group, 7:30 p.m. at Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Call for title. Adults. 703-249-1520.

<b>Wednesday/April 1

</b>Lunch Bunnies, 12 p.m. at the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Bring lunch. Age 1-5 with adult. 703-339-4610.

Girls Night Out, 7 p.m. at the John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Teen book group. Call for title. Age 12-15 with adult. 703-971-0010.

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

<b>Thursday/April 2

</b>Bunny Tales, 10:30 a.m. at the Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Stories, songs and activities about bunny rabbits. Bring a plush bunny. Age 13-23 months with adult. 703-249-1520.

Daytime Book Discussion Group, 12 p.m. at the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer. Adults. 703-339-4610.

<b>Friday/April 3

</b>Virginia Opera Presents “The Barber of Seville,” 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 $44-$98. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. 703-218-6500 or www.gmu.edu/cfa.

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.

An Incredible Evening of Russian Music featuring Dr. Anna Balakerskaia and her Friends. 8 p.m., at Harris Theatre, George Mason University, Fairfax. Free. Reception will follow. Paid parking is available in the parking deck.

Dreaming of Eden CD Release Show, with Envy Insane, the Common Threat, The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show and Redshift. 7:15 at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $10 in advance, $12 day of show. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

“The Judgment Seat II” by Dr. Russ Houck, 7:30 p.m. at The Harvester Presbyterian Church, 7800 Rolling Road in Springfield. 703-455-7800 or harvesterpca.org.

Theater Performance. The Providence Players of Fairfax will perform the mystery “Rehearsal for Murder” by Richard Levinson and William Link, 7:30 p.m., at the James Lee Community Center Theater 2855 Annandale Road, Fall Church. Tickets are $15 for adults $12 for children and seniors and can be reserved by phone at 703-425-6782, e-mail at providenceplayers@cox.net. For more, visit www.providenceplayers.org.

<b>Saturday/April 4

</b>Burke Centre Renaissance Festival, 11 a.m. at the Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Join us and the Virginia Renaissance Faire for a festival! Enjoy story-telling, songs, sword play and much more. All ages. 703-249-1520.

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

Cherryholmes, 8 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 pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins at 7:15 p.m. on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Tickets are $22-$44. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or www.tickets.com. www.gmu.edu/cfa.

(hed)p.e. with Dirtball, Mower and more. 8 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $17 in advance, $20 day of show. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

“The Judgment Seat II” by Dr. Russ Houck, 7:30 p.m. at The Harvester Presbyterian Church, 7800 Rolling Road in Springfield. 703-455-7800 or harvesterpca.org.

Theater Performance. The Providence Players of Fairfax will perform the mystery “Rehearsal for Murder” by Richard Levinson and William Link, 7:30 p.m., at the James Lee Community Center Theater 2855 Annandale Road, Fall Church. Tickets are $15 for adults $12 for children and seniors and can be reserved by phone at 703-425-6782, e-mail at providenceplayers@cox.net. For more, visit www.providenceplayers.org.

An Evening With Tina Louise. Spend the evening with actress and author Tina Louise 7-9 p.m., at the Workhouse Arts Center. Join Louise for a reading of her children's book "When I Grow up" to be followed by an informal Q&A session. Tickets for the evening are $25 for adults, which includes a signed copy of the book, and $10 for children. Join Louise for a wine reception, photo op and book signing preceding the event. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $125. Tickets can be purchased at www.WorkhouseArts.org or by calling 703-584-2900.

Eggstravaganza and Easter Egg Roll and Hunt. 12:30-2:30 p.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center (the grassy area behind the building), 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Moon bounces, carnival games, egg roll and hunt, hot dog lunch and prizes. Free, and sponsored by Jubilee Christian Center of Fairfax. 703-383-1170 for further information. www.jccag.org.

<b>Sunday/April 5

</b>Divas 4 Divas Concert, 6:30 p.m. at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Featuring Filipino pop singers Kuh Ledesma, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Pops Fernandez, and Regine Velasquez. Tickets are $58-$150. Tickets are available through www.ticketmaster.com or via Phonecharge at 703-573-SEAT. www.divas4divas.com or www.patriotcenter.com.

Artist’s Reception for Lydia Jechorek, 1-4 p.m. at The Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. The paintings in Jechorek’s “Around Town” exhibit capture urban and rural scenes and people doing ordinary things. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 1 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 12-5 p.m. 703-490-1117 or www.loftgallery.org.

Virginia Opera Presents “The Barber of Seville,” 2 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 1:15 p.m. on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Tickets are $44-$98. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. 703-218-6500 or www.gmu.edu/cfa.

MSG-Schenker Barden Reunion In the Midst of Beauty US Tour 2009. 7 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $25 in advance, $30 day of show. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

Vegan Cooking Class. "International Cuisine." 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at 9302 Hallston Court, Fairfax Station. $50/person. Learn meat and dairy-free cuisine from other cultures without leaving home with guest chef Shashi Chopra from the Taj Mahal restaurant in D.C. Class includes food samples, recipes and coupons. Pre-registration required. Call 703.643.2713 for space availability. www.localdc.com/.