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Fairfax Station, Laurel Hill & Springfield Calendar

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<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.

Freedom Without Walls: A Gala Commemoration. 8 p.m. at George Mason University's Center for the Arts Concert Hall. A gala concert commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, featuring an original movement piece by Artists in Action, readings, songs and a chorale movement from Beethoven's majestic “Ninth Symphony.” Light refreshments will be served following the reception. Free admission. chnm.gmu.edu/freedomwithoutwalls.

<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.

Computer Mania Day. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Students will experience hands-on workshops led by positive female role models from academia, industry, and government sectors. Workshops include how to prepare students for college, getting girls interested in tech careers, and keeping children safe online. Free. www.computer-mania.info.

<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.

<b>Thursday/Nov. 5

</b>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/Nov. 6

</b>Ensiferum, Hypocrisy, Ex-Deo, Blackguard, Swashbuckle, Apothys and Radamanthys. 7 p.m. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 703-569-5940 or jaxxroxx.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.

Craft Bazaar. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., at St. Raymond's Parish Hall, 8750 Pohick Road, Springfield. Free. 703-455-4209.

<b>Saturday/Nov. 7

</b>Yarn Cocktails. Meet crafters Kelly Wilson and Anastasia Blaes, authors of “The Crocheter’s Guide to Yarn Cocktails” and “The Knitter’s Guide to Yarn Cocktails.” Books available for sale and signing. 2 p.m., at Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Register at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library or 703-249-1520.

Craft Bazaar. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at St. Raymond's Parish Hall, 8750 Pohick Road, Springfield. Free. 703-455-4209.

Springfield Christian Church Bazaar, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 5407 Backlick Road, Springfield. White elephant sale, silent auction, Christmas shop, quilt raffle, church cookbooks, baked goods, vendors and more. 703-354-4994.

Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble: Plays Well with Others. 7:30 p.m. at the Ernst Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Tickets are $13 online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/85694. www.metroyouthtap.org or 703-339-0444.

Dedication of the Lower Potomac River Important Bird Area. 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Meadowood Recreation Area: 10705 Belmont Blvd., Lorton. Hosted by the Bureau of Land Management. Public parking near the horse boarding stables at 10406 Gunston Road. Pre-event bird walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at the dedication ceremony site near Belmont Boulevard. For those just coming to the dedication ceremony, arrive at 9:15 a.m. at the public parking, in order to walk short trail hike to arrive at the dedication ceremony site by 10 a.m. 703-339-8009.

Sydenstricker UMW Bazaar. 9 a.m. at 8508 Hooes Road, Fairfax. Homemade soups, desserts, baked goods and more. 703 451-8223 or sumcdisciples.org.

<b>Sunday/Nov. 8

</b>Craft Bazaar. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at St. Raymond's Parish Hall, 8750 Pohick Road, Springfield. Free. 703-455-4209.

Circo Aereo’s “Espresso.” 4 p.m., at the GMU Center for the Arts. Tickets: $44, $36, $22. Youth through grade 12, half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Monte Carlo Night. 5:30-10 p.m. Fairview Park Marriott, 3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church. $50 per person. Appetizers, casino games, music and dancing, door prizes, silent and live auctions and more. Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Northern Virginia. Proceeds go to local educational and civic programs. 703-319-6930.

<b>Wednesday/Nov. 11

</b>The Friends of Fairfax Station Quarterly Forum. 7:30 p.m. at the The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Patrick O'Neill, a professional archaeologist and historian, has done extensive research on Camp Humphreys, an Engineer Corp camp constructed in early 1918 just south of Mt. Vernon. He will discuss the many miles of narrow gauge and industrial rail track, corduroy roads, and plank roads constructed in this area, all training for constructing lines across the rugged European terrain during WWI. Free, donations accepted. 703-425-9225.