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Fairfax Station, Laurel Hill & Springfield Calendar

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<b>Friday/Nov. 27

</b>Escape to Black Friday. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. Gift basket raffle, gifts and artwork for sale. Live music by Potomac Jazz Project from 2-4 p.m. Free admission. 703-495-0001.

Wizzard, Sinbad, Cherry Smash and The Roadducks. 8 p.m. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $10. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

<b>Saturday, Nov. 28

</b>A Chanticleer Christmas. 8 p.m. at the George Mason University Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax.. Tickets $24-$48. Pre-performance discussion 45 minutes prior to the performance. 888-945-2468 or www.gmu.edu/cfa.

<b>Monday/Nov. 30

</b>Nature Quest Program Takes Youngsters Outdoors. 10-11 a.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield. From tracks to scat, search for evidence left behind by wildlife. $4 per child with an adult. Reserve at 703- 451-9588.

<b>Monday/Dec. 1

</b>Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gaynor of The Roadducks. 8 p.m. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

Tiny Tots Concert. 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Robert E. Lee High School, 6540 Franconia Road, Springfield. Featuring holiday music and costumed characters from animated movies and cartoons. Tickets $2. Reservations required for matinee. 703-956-0447.

West Springfield High School Tiny Tots Concert. 10 a.m. Familiar nursery and show tunes for 4-5 year olds. Some of their favorite costumed characters will be there to add to the enjoyment. Tickets available at the door. ladesio@verizon.net.

<b>Wednesday/Dec. 2

</b>‘A Christmas Carol’ opens at the Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre, Route 1 at Furnace Road in Woodbridge. The show will run through Dec. 30, with matinees on selected dates. Call 703-494-6311 or visit www.lazysusan.com for showtimes and ticket prices.

Tiny Tots Concert. 10 a.m. at Robert E. Lee High School, 6540 Franconia Road, Springfield. Featuring holiday music and costumed characters from animated movies and cartoons. Tickets $2. Reservations required. 703-956-0447.

West Springfield High School Tiny Tots Concert. 10 a.m. Familiar nursery and show tunes for 4-5 year olds. Tickets available at the door. ladesio@verizon.net.

<b>Friday/Dec. 4

</b>Opera Recital: “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” 8 p.m., at the Harris Theater, George Mason University’s Fairfax campus. Purchase tickets at tickets.com or at 888-945-2468.

<b>Saturday/Dec. 5

</b> Welcome the Holidays in Historic Clifton. Holiday Horseback Parade and Contest, 2-2:30 p.m.; visit shops in Historic Town of Clifton and take photos with Santa, 2:30-4:30 p.m.; Town of Clifton Candlelight Homes Tour, featuring live music and strolling Dickens Carolers, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; Caroling, refreshments and Christmas Tree Lighting in Ayre Square, 7:30-8 p.m. Tickets before Dec. 5: $20 for adults; $5 for children under 12; after Dec. 5, $25 for adults; $10 for children under 12. Purchase tickets at Clifton Café, Cottage Art, T&K Treasures and a Flower Blooms in Clifton; Picket Fence in Burke and Banner’s in Centreville. For more, e-mail Jennifer Chesley at townofclifton@aol.com or Lynne Garvey Hodge, lghassoc@erols.com.

The Celebration Singers. 4 p.m. at Springfield United Methodist Church, 7047 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. A costumed and choreographed Christmas show. 703-451-2375 or www.springfieldvaumc.org.

Northern Virginia Chorale and Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Chorale Holiday Concert. 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5800 Backlick Road, Springfield. Gwyneth Walker’s Rejoice!, John Rutter’s Winchester Te Deum, Z. Randall Stroope’s All My Heart This Night Rejoices and more, including a brass quintet, percussion and piano. Adults $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Students 12-24 $10, under age 12 free. www.northernvirginiachorale.org or 703-239-2180.

The 20th Annual Model Train Display. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Many different gauge model trains will be running in the main building, caboose and on the grounds. Enjoy hot chocolate and a gingerbread man. $5 adults, $1 children. 703-425-9225.

Opera Recital: “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” 8 p.m., at the Harris Theater, George Mason University’s Fairfax campus. Purchase tickets at tickets.com or at 888-945-2468.

<b>Sunday/Dec. 6

</b>Nitzer Ebb, Ego Likeness and more. 8:30 p.m. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $20 advance, $23 at the door. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

The Annandale Brass Orchestra Winter Wonderland Concert. 4 p.m. at the Richard J. Ernst Community and Cultural Center Forum, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Traditional holiday favorites, a sing-along, and the Chris Johnston Jazz Trio. Adults $10, seniors and teens $7, children free. 703-569-0973.

The 20th Annual Model Train Display. 12-4 p.m. at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Many different gauge model trains will be running in the main building, caboose and on the grounds. $5 adults, $1 children. 703-425-9225.

PackPower Tour with Cesar Millan, Dog Whisperer. 5:30 p.m. at George Mason University Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Event includes Washington Humane Society Blanket & Towel Drive, where individuals are encouraged to bring new and gently used blankets and towels to the venue beginning at 3:30 p.m. Tickets $39.50-$150, at www.ticketmaster.com or at 703-573-SEAT. 703-993-3000 or www.patriotcenter.com.

Christmas Market. Ravensworth Baptist Church, 5100 Ravensworth Road, Annandale, will sponsor a Christmas Market on 9:30-10:45 a.m. Honor loved ones with a gift that will benefit local or international charitable organizations. 703-941-4113; www.rbc-va.org.

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