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Fairfax Station, Laurel Hill & Springfield Calendar

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<b>Thursday/Oct. 22

</b>A Is for Apple. 10:30 a.m. Richard Byrd Library, 6315 Backlick Road, Springfield, on the second floor of the Bank of America building. Stories and activities. Age 2-5 with adult. 703-451-8055.

Lighters and Matches are Tools for Grownups Only. 10:30 a.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Puppet show presented by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Participants will each receive a helmet and activity book. 703-339-4610.

Stories and Science. 4 p.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Stories and simple science experiments. Age 4-6 with adult. 703-971-0010.

Mainstage #1: "Ah, Wilderness." 8 p.m., at GMU TheaterSpace. $12 adult, $8 student/senior. TheaterSpace is on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123.

Disney On Ice presents Celebrations! 7 p.m., at The Patriot Center at George Mason University. Ticket Prices: $70, $50, $27, $20 and $15. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets via charge, by phone at 703-573-SEAT; via www.ticketmaster.com ; and at the Patriot Center box office. www.disneyonice.com.

Bingo. 7-11 p.m., at the Springfield Volunteer Fire Company Event Hall, 7011 Backlick Road, Springfield. Come out and have an evening of fun playing bingo, sponsored by the Veteran's of Foreign Wars. Proceeds support our work in the community, with Veterans and active duty families in need.

<b>Friday/Oct. 23

</b>Lunch Bunch. 12 p.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Bring lunch and come for stories. Birth-5 with adult. 703-971-0010.

Conditions and more. 5:15 p.m. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

Mainstage #1: "Ah, Wilderness." 8 p.m., at GMU TheaterSpace. $12 adult, $8 student/senior. TheaterSpace is on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123.

L.A. Theatre Works: "War of the Worlds" and "The Lost World." 8 p.m., at GMU Concert Hall. $36, $28, $18. Pre-Performance Discussion 45 minutes prior to the performance. The Concert Hall is on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123.

GMU Opera Review Recital. 8 p.m., at Harris Theater. $20 adult, $15 student/senior. The Harris Theater is on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123.

Disney On Ice presents Celebrations! 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., at The Patriot Center at George Mason University. Ticket Prices: $70, $50, $27, $20 and $15. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets via charge, by phone at 703-573-SEAT; via www.ticketmaster.com ; and at the Patriot Center box office. www.disneyonice.com.

Harry Potter Lecture. Melissa Anelli presents “Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon” 7 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center Board Auditorium. The Government Center is at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. 703-324-8428.

Bingo. 7-11 p.m., at the Springfield Volunteer Fire Company Event Hall, 7011 Backlick Road, Springfield. Come out and have an evening of fun playing bingo, sponsored by the Veteran's of Foreign Wars. Proceeds support our work in the community, with Veterans and active duty families in need.

<b>Saturday/Oct. 24

</b>Springfield Plaza Free Halloween Parade. Registration starts at 10 a.m. in the Springfield Plaza courtyard on Commerce Street next to Dollar King. Enter to win a $100 shopping spree at registration. Parade starts promptly at 10:30 a.m. rain or shine. No cost to participate. Free treat bags while supplies last. Springfield Plaza is located at the intersection of Old Keene Mill Road and Commerce Street in Springfield.

Book Burrow Dedication. 2 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Unveil a new outdoor storytime area, enjoy stories and songs. Ages 2-5 with parent. 703-249-1520.

FY 2011 Budget Community Dialogue. 10 a.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Presentations by county and school budget staff followed by facilitated small group discussions. Registration is required. 703-324-2391 or www.fairfaxcounty.gov/budget.

Rhino Bucket with American Dog, Universal, Ill Anjelic and 8 Lives Spent. 7:30 p.m. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Age 21 and up. $20 in advance, $23 at the door. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

Mainstage #1: "Ah, Wilderness." 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., at GMU TheaterSpace. $12 adult, $8 student/senior. TheaterSpace is on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123.

Shaolin Warriors. 8 p.m., at GMU Concert Hall. $44, $36, $22. Youth through grade 12 half price. Pre-performance discussion 45 minutes prior to the performance. The Concert Hall is on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123.

GMU Opera Review Recital. 8 p.m., at Harris Theater. $20 adult, $15 student/senior. The Harris Theater is on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123.

ECHO Yard Sale. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at St. Bernadette Catholic Church gym, 7600 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. All proceeds are used to support ECHO programs. For more, call 703-569-9160 or 703-440-1353.

Disney On Ice presents Celebrations! 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., at The Patriot Center at George Mason University. Ticket Prices: $70, $50, $27, $20 and $15. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets via charge, by phone at 703-573-SEAT; via www.ticketmaster.com ; and at the Patriot Center box office. www.disneyonice.com.

Howloween Dog Costume Contest & Goblin Golf and Bonfire at Lake Accotink Park. Show off your dog’s talents and compete for special prizes and treats from 2-4 p.m All dogs must be leashed. $6 per dog. Play glow-in-the-dark mini golf on the haunted course from 6 to 9 p.m. Ride the spooky carousel, and join in storytelling over a cup of hot chocolate around a lakeside bonfire. $6 per person. To reserve your spot, call 703-569-0285. Lake Accotink Park is at 7500 Accotink Park Road in Springfield.

Ghost Train Rides at Burke Lake Park. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Be there when the Great Pumpkin arrives to hand out treats. Thrills and chills appropriate for children are provided by students from Northern Virginia Community College. Costumes encouraged. Children under age 6 need adult supervision. No pets. $4 per person, under age 2 ride free. Ticket sales stop at 4:30 p.m., and the last train departs at 5:15 p.m. 703- 323-6600. Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station.

Fall Arts Show presented by the Kingstowne Area Artists Association. 12-5 p.m., at the Kingstowne Snyder Center, 6450 South Van Dorn St., Kingstowne. kingstowneartists.com.

Explore the World of Bats. At dusk, the flutter of leathery wings can be heard as local bats dart and dive during their evening meal of insects. Bats are popular symbols of Halloween, so what better time to get to know them? Huntley Meadows Park will open its classroom from 1-3 p.m. to families that want to learn more about these nocturnal acrobats during a free, exploratory session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free. Huntley Meadows is located at 3701 Lockheed Blvd. in Alexandria. To make a reservation, call 703-768-2525.

<b>Sunday/Oct. 25

</b>Misfits, Cab Ride Home, Unskilled Professionalz, So Damn Thirsty, The Buried, Dead Kings Rising and The Pogo. 5:15 p.m. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $23 in advance, $25 at the door. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

Shaolin Warriors. 4 p.m., at GMU Concert Hall. $44, $36, $22. Family Friendly: Youth through grade 12 half price

Pre-Performance Discussion 45 minutes prior to the performance. The Concert Hall is on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123.

GMU Choirs Concert. 7 p.m., at Providence Presbyterian Church, 10723 Main St., Fairfax. Donation suggested.

Disney On Ice presents Celebrations! 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at The Patriot Center at George Mason University. Ticket Prices: $70, $50, $27, $20 and $15. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets via charge, by phone at 703-573-SEAT; via www.ticketmaster.com ; and at the Patriot Center box office. To discover more about Disney On Ice, log on to www.disneyonice.com.

Ghost Train Rides at Burke Lake Park. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Be there when the Great Pumpkin arrives to hand out treats. Thrills and chills appropriate for children are provided by students from Northern Virginia Community College. Costumes encouraged. Children under age 6 need adult supervision. No pets. $4 per person, under age 2 ride free. Ticket sales stop at 4:30 p.m., and the last train departs at 5:15 p.m. 703- 323-6600. Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station.

American Legion Children's Halloween Party. l-3 p.m. at the American Legion Post 176, Springfield. For ages10 years old and under. Costumes not necessary. Annabell the Clown, games and story telling, spooky music and face painting, snacks and drinks. Goodie bags to take home. 703-451-5254.

Community Day, a celebration featuring class demonstrations and mini-workshops, art exhibit of instructor work, entertainment, door prizes and giveaways, food, games and storytelling for children. Open house 1-5 p.m. hosted by Fairfax County Public Schools Adult and Community Education at the Plum Center for Lifelong Learning, 6815 Edsall Road, Springfield. Free. 703-658-1201 or www.fcps.edu/aceclasses/CommunityDay.htm.

<b>Monday/Oct. 26

</b>Stretch-Your-Mind Games and Activities. 4 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Enjoy brain teasers, games and other activities designed to stretch your mind. Age 6-12. 703-339-4610.

Read to the Dog. 3:30 p.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Sign up for a 15-minute session to read to a trained therapy dog. Age 6-12. 703-971-0010.

Slighty Scary Stories. 11 a.m. Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Join us for stories and activities. Age 4-5 with adults. 703-339-7385.

China's National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts. 7 p.m. at the Harris Theater at George Mason University in Fairfax. Free. A sampling of Chinese operas by a troupe from Beijing. At 6:15 p.m. there will be a free film which explains the history and theatrical styling used in Chinese opera. 703-993-7780 or cimason@gmu.edu.

<b>Tuesday/Oct. 27

</b>Computer Tutoring. 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. One-on-one help with basic computer skills, navigating the Internet and using Microsoft Word and Excel. Call to sign up. Adults. 703-249-1520.

The Land of Nod. 6:30 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Join us for sleepy stories. Age 13-23 months with adult. 703-249-1520.

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

Tell It Again. 6 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 6315 Backlick Road, Springfield, on the second floor of the Bank of America building. Enjoy a story in English and Spanish. Age 4-12 with adult. 703-451-8055.

Lullaby Stories. 7 p.m. 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.

Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gaynor of The Roadducks. 7 p.m. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Age 21 and up. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

GMU Symphony and Chamber Orchestra Fall Concert. 8 p.m., at the GMU Concert Hall. $15 adult, $10 senior, students free. The Concert Hall is on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123.

<b>Wednesday/Oct. 28

</b>Mother-Daughter Book Club. 7 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Book club for girls age 9-11 and their mothers. 703-249-1520.

Travel Club. 1 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 6315 Backlick Road, Springfield, on the second floor of the Bank of America building. Bring lunch for a lively discussion. Adults. 703-451-8055.

Practice Your English. 10:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Conversation group for adults learning English. 703-339-4610.

The Steve Morse Band, Oblivion Sun and Relayer. 8 p.m. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Age 21 and up. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

<b>Thursday/Oct. 29

</b>Mainstage #1: "Ah, Wilderness." 8 p.m., at GMU TheaterSpace. $12 adult, $8 student/senior. TheaterSpace is on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123.

Bingo. 7-11 p.m., at the Springfield Volunteer Fire Company Event Hall, 7011 Backlick Road, Springfield. Come out and have an evening of fun playing bingo, sponsored by the Veteran's of Foreign Wars. Proceeds support our work in the community, with Veterans and active duty families in need.

An Evening with Melissa Manchester. 8 p.m. at the Barns at Wolftrap Park for the Performing Arts. $35. 703-938-2404 or Wolftrap.org.

<b>Friday/Oct. 30

</b>Halloween Lunch Bunch. 12 p.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Bring lunch and join us for Halloween stories. Costumes encouraged. Age birth-5 with adult. 703-971-0010.

Vains of Jenna, Dirty Penny, Seventh Veil, Latent Remedy, Shokkher and Final Retribution. 6:30 p.m. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $11 in advance, $13 at the door. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

Mainstage #1: "Ah, Wilderness." 8 p.m., at GMU TheaterSpace. $12 adult, $8 student/senior. TheaterSpace is on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123.

Haunted Pond at Hidden Pond Nature Center. From 7-9 p.m. hear scary stories by the campfire and take a night-time walk into the forest in search of fox, deer and owls. This nighttime program is for children ages 6 and up. Bring a flashlight. S’mores provided, reservations are required. The activity is canceled if it rains. $6 per person. Call 703-451-9588 to reserve. Hidden Pond, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield.

Fall Festival. 6-8 p.m. at Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Road, Alexandria. For children up through sixth grade, to come in their costumes and join other kids in games, prizes, crafts, food, and a Haunted Hall Way. Free. 703 971-5151 or www.franconiaumc.org.

Bingo. 7-11 p.m., at the Springfield Volunteer Fire Company Event Hall, 7011 Backlick Road, Springfield. Come out and have an evening of fun playing bingo, sponsored by the Veteran's of Foreign Wars. Proceeds support our work in the community, with Veterans and active duty families in need.

<b>Saturday/Oct. 31

</b>Apex and Outerloop Present Halloween Havoc, This Time It’s War and more. 2 p.m. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

Krass Judgement, Transgression, Prodigium, Deranged Theory and more. 9 p.m. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

Mainstage #1: "Ah, Wilderness." 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., at GMU TheaterSpace. $12 adult, $8 student/senior.

MOMIX: Best of MOMIX. 8 p.m., at the GMU Concert Hall. Youth through grade 12 half price Pre-Performance Discussion 45 minutes prior to the performance. The Concert Hall is on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123.

Ghost Train Rides at Burke Lake Park. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Be there when the Great Pumpkin arrives to hand out treats. Thrills and chills appropriate for children are provided by students from Northern Virginia Community College. Costumes encouraged. Children under age 6 need adult supervision. No pets. $4 per person, under age 2 ride free. Ticket sales stop at 4:30 p.m., and the last train departs at 5:15 p.m. 703- 323-6600. Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station.

Third Annual Costume Halloween Run at Burke Lake. Don a costume and join the crowd. Meet at Shelter A, starting at 9 a.m. for the costumed fun run. Enjoy a costume parade, face painting, arts and crafts, goodie bags, refreshments and more. $10 for ages 12 and under and $15 for ages 13 and up. To register, call 703-866-0566. Burke Lake Park is at 7315 Ox Road in Fairfax Station.

22nd Annual Mall-O-Ween. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Fair Oaks Mall, 11750 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax. Free. For more information, visit www.ShopFairOaksMall.com or call 703-359-8302.

Author Signing/Lecture. George J. Haas, author of “The Martian Codex: More Reflections from Mars,” will conduct a lecture and presentation featuring NASA photographs of aesthetically designed structures found on the surface of Mars. 1 p.m., at the Borders Express, 6725 Springfield Mall, Springfield. 703-971-9443.

New Hope Church Trunk or Treat. 6:30 p.m. at New Hope, 8905 Ox Road, Lorton. Trick or treat, food, games, a bonfire, and a movie on the lawn. Children can dress in costume and bring treat bags. Scare-Your-Socks-Off haunted walk for older children. www.newhope.org.

<b>Sunday/Nov. 1

</b>The 69 Eyes, Dommin, The Becoming and more. 5 p.m. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

Mainstage #1: "Ah, Wilderness." 2 p.m., at GMU TheaterSpace. $12 adult, $8 student/senior. TheaterSpace is on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123.

<b>Tuesday/Nov. 3

</b>Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gaynor of The Roadducks. 7 p.m. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Age 21 and up. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.

<b>Wednesday/Nov. 4

</b>Powerman 5000, Sordid, Switch56, The Rejected and The Markov Process. 6 p.m. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.com.