Worth Noting

Worth Noting

To have community events listed in Centre View, e-mail to centreview@connectionnewspapers.com. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412.


<cal2>Our Neighbors Child (ONC) is the local organization coordinating holiday assistance (new toys and clothing gifts) for children of families in financial crisis in Centreville, Chantilly and Western Fairfax. Assistance is made possible through the generous support from local churches, schools, businesses and individuals each year.

In its 18th year, ONC is looking for groups or individuals to "adopt" the special needs of local children this holiday season. There is an especially urgent need for winter coats, blankets and other warm clothing. Specific information (sizes, etc.) will be available by Thanksgiving. If you are willing to help, contact Denise McInerney, ONC Clothing Coordinator at oncdenise@aol.com. For other volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, visit www.ourneighborschild.org.

The Western Fairfax County Woman’s Club is selling the 2009 White House Christmas ornaments. This year’s ornament honors our 24th President Grover Cleveland.

A finely crafted gold-plated wreath of snowflakes, painted in ice blue and white, frames the oval ornament that depicts a view of the White House from the south lawn. The first White House Christmas tree to be adorned with electric lights can be seen through the upstairs window.

The cost of the ornament is $18 and all profits benefit charity. If you wish to order previous years’ ornaments, just ask about that when you call to place your order. Orders can be placed through any club member or by calling 703-378-6841 or 703-378-6216.

Craft Vendors are needed for the Holiday Bazaar and Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centreville United Methodist Church, 6400 Old Centreville Road. Leased spaces for vendors are going quickly. Book your vendor space now! Contact novemberbazaar@hotmail.com or 703-830-2684.

The Western Fairfax Alumnae Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha is making available Monthly Self-Breast-Exam Stickers for your calendars as of Oct. 1. These stickers can be found in all branches of the Fairfax County Public Libraries and are located in the Libraries' Community Information Racks. Supplies are limited so please stop by and pick-up a free set today!

The Western Fairfax Alumnae Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha in connection with Yoplait is collecting the yogurts' pink lids to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Pink Yoplait/ZTA drop boxes can be found at local Giant grocery stores including: 1) Sully Station at Stone Road in Centreville, 2) the Colonnade in Clifton. A drop box is also located at Centreville United Methodist Church, 6400 Old Centreville Road.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 29

<cal2>Haunted House and Wax Museum. 5-8 p.m. Attractions include a Haunted House, Living Wax Museum and Witches' Cave. At the Westfield High School Black Box and auditorium. Tickets are $5. Families are $12. Go to www.westfieldtheatreboosters.com or call 703-488-6439.

BNI "1-to-49" Power Networking Event. 6-9 p.m. Meet business people from all of BNI's 49 Northern Virginia chapters. Everyone invited. Register at www.bninova.com, $25 before Oct.15; $30 after. Attire: business, business casual or Halloween costume. Dulles Hilton, 13869 Park Center Rd, Herndon. Contact: info@IMPACTme.com or 703-731-7200.

Protection Planning in Uncertain Times. 6:30-8 p.m. presented by Gayle Thompson, RiverSource Insurance. At Ameriprise Financial Services Inc, 5870 Trinity Parkway, Suite 100, Centreville. RSVP to Christopher D. Allen at 703-825-2382.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 30

<cal2>Halloween Haunting. 6-7:30 p.m. Cost is $5. For ages 8 and older. Roasted marshmallows. Park staff will share tales of the park's ghosts. Dress in costume and prepare to be tricked or treated through very dark woods. At E.C. Lawrence Park, 5040 Walney Road in Chantilly. Call 703-631-0013.

<cal2>Howling Halloween Hop. 8:30 p.m. Jitterbug lesson. 9-midnight dancing with King Teddy. $15. There will be a costume and dance contest with prizes. At the Washington Dulles Hilton, off Route 28 in Herndon. Go to www.gottaswing.com.

<cal1>Oct. 30-31

<cal2>Trick or Treat. Friday from 4-7 p.m. Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Costumes are encouraged. At the National Firearms Museum, at NRA Headquarters, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax. Call 703-267-1620 or visit http://nra.nationalfirearms.museum.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 31

<cal2>Trick or Treat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All-day trick-or-treating at Cox Farms. For children wearing a costume, each time they go down a slide, he/she will collect a Halloween treat. The Fall Festival runs thru Nov. 8, 2009. Hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. through October 31, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Nov. 1-8. Admission is $15 on weekends; $9 on weekdays. Children under 2 years of age are free.

Community Clothing Giveaway. 8 a.m. Free clothing for anyone in the community who has a need. At Centreville Baptist Church. Call 703-830-3333.

Teen Volunteer Fair. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Middle and high school students and their parents are invited to meet representatives from local organizations that offer volunteer opportunities. At Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. Call 703-502-3883.

Mall-O-Ween. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Kids are invited to dress up in costumes and fill their trick-or-treat bags. At Fair Oaks Mall, 11750 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax.

<cal1>Monday/Nov. 2

<cal2>Cheerleading Fund-raiser. 7 p.m. SYA Extreme Cheerleaders are hosting a fund-raiser at Pacino Ristorante Italiano. 15 percent of the proceeds go to support SYA Extreme in its effort to fund their competitions and warm-ups. Go to www.pacinoristorante.com. At 5653 Stone Road, Centreville.

<cal1>Thursday/Nov. 5

<cal2>Woman's Club Day Meeting. 9 a.m. Malou Innocent, a foreign policy analyst with the Cato Institute, will be speaking about her experiences and the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan. At the Fairfax Station Museum. Contact Membership Chair, Linda Beckman at 703-266-0213.

<cal1>Friday/Nov. 6

<cal2>Under the Big Top. 6-9 p.m. Celebration recognizes adoptive families as part of National Adoption Awareness Month. Children who have talent and an interest in showcasing their talents at the event, are asked to contact Stephanie Pegues with the Department of Family Services at 703-324-7792. Clowns, face-painting, circus foods and prizes. At the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 7

<cal2>Burn-a-Thon. Starts at 9 a.m. Fund-raiser for diabetes. At Golds Gym Chantilly, 14290 Sullyfield Circle in Chantilly. Visit http://www.diabetes.org/tour-burnathon.

Relay for Life Meeting. 10 a.m. to noon. At the Clifton Café on Main Street in Clifton. The American Cancer Society invites the community to learn about its fund-raiser coming to Centreville High on May 22-23, 2010. Drop by and pick up information and talk to Co-Chair Marion Rantis.

Colonial Day. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8/adults, $6/children. This family-friendly program highlights daily life in northern Virginia between 1775 and 1785. At Sully Historic Site, 3650 Historic Sully Way in Chantilly. Call 703-437-1794.

CASA Info session. 11 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are needed to serve as Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). At Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Drive, Centreville. Call 703-273-3526, ext. 22, or email ekosarin@casafairfax.org.

Lane's Mill Chapter DAR Meeting. Ladies interested in learning about the DAR and membership are welcome to attend. At the Sully Government Center, Chantilly. Email jsmithtot@aol.com

Book and Author Luncheon. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $38/person. Presented by the Fairfax City Branch of AAUW. This annual event is sponsored by AAUW Fairfax City Branch to raise funds for scholarships for women in our area. At the Country Club of Fairfax, 5110 Ox Road, Fairfax. Call 703-273-3445.

<cal1>Sunday/Nov. 8

<cal2>CPMSAC's 25th Anniversary. 3 p.m. The Chantilly Pyramid Minority Student Achievement Committee is celebrating its 25th anniversary. At the Fair Lakes Hyatt, Commonwealth Ballroom, 12777 Fair Lakes Circle, Fairfax. Visit http://www.cpmsac.org. Contact Barbara Tyler at 703-450-2547 or btyler@nvcc.edu.

<cal1>Wednesday/Nov. 11

<cal2>Quarterly Forum. 7:30-9 p.m. Friends of Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. 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. At 11200 Fairfax Station Road in Fairfax Station. Call 703-425-9225.

Open House. 9:15-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Clifton Children's Academy is holding a Registration Open House for Kindergarten and morning, afternoon and full day preschool classes. At 14315 Compton Road in Centreville. Call 703-968-8455. Registration info at www.childrensacademy.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 14

<cal2>Roots and Shoots. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Come out and visit with some furry friends and talk to the Wildlife Rescue League. At Cub Run RECenter, 4630 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. Contact Debbie Lodato, Volunteer Manager, 703-817-9423, Deborah.Lodato@fairfaxcounty.gov.

<cal1>Tuesday/Nov. 17

<cal2>Open House. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Principal Joan Cargill will host an overview prior to classroom visits. At St. Joseph School in Herndon. Call 703-880-4350 or go to sjcherndon.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/Nov. 18

<cal2>Identity Theft. 6:30-8 p.m. Presented by Courtney Sweeney, Regional Director, Wells Fargo. At Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., 5870 Trinity Parkway, Suite 100, Centreville. RSVP to Christopher D. Allen, Advanced Financial Advisor, at 703-825-2382.

<cal1>Thursday/Nov. 19

<cal2>Open House. 9:15-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Clifton Children's Academy is holding a Registration Open House for Kindergarten and morning, afternoon and full day preschool classes. At 14315 Compton Road in Centreville. Call 703-968-8455. Registration info at www.childrensacademy.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 21

<cal2>29th Annual Craft Fair. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Booths still available; crafters call 703-814-7986. At St. Timothy School, 13809 Poplar Tree Road, Chantilly. Contact Mary Kowalski, 703-502-9758 or mary.kowalski1@verizon.net.

JCCNV Gala. 7:30 p.m. The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia’s, 29th annual fall gala benefitting the JCCNV’s Special Needs program which serves individuals and families with special needs including high-functioning autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and ADD/ADHD. Tickets start at $180 per individual/$360 per couple. At the Westfields Marriott, 14750 Conference Center Drive, Chantilly. Visit www.jccnv.org or call Sara Moore, 703-537-3024 or SaraM@jccnv.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 19

<cal2>Education Planning. 6:30-8 p.m. Presented by Emily Dupre, MFS Investments. At Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., 5870 Trinity Parkway, Suite 100, Centreville. RSVP to Christopher D. Allen, Advanced Financial Advisor, at 703-825-2382.