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Burke & Fairfax Calendar

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<b>Thursday/Sept. 10

</b>Third Annual Positive Aging Fair: Tools for Creative Aging. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. General admission: $8, or $10 if a kosher lunch is requested in advance. Registration may be done by phone at 703-323-0880 or online at www.jccnv.org.

Standard Delivery Combo. 8-10 p.m., at The Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. $10. Beginner ballroom lesson 7:30 p.m. Visit http://www.headoverheelsdance.com for more information or send e-mail to dance@headoverheelsdance.com or call Tina Foley at 703-424-1745.

Teen Writers Roundtable. 4:30 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Join the Roundtable to hone your skills and receive honest, friendly criticism from other teens. Age 12 and up. 703-249-1520.

Tales for Twos: What Should I Wear? 10:30 a.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Stories and activites about all kinds of clothes and dressing up. Age 24-35 months with adult. 703-644-7333.

Chess Club. 3:30 p.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Learn the rules and strategy; play the game. Age 6-14. 703-644-7333.

Visual Voices Speaker Series: "Artifice of Nature" by John Ruppert, 7:30 p.m. at the Harris Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Free.

<b>Friday/Sept. 11

</b>Lunch Bunnies. 12 p.m. Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Bring lunch and listen to stories. Birth-5 with adult. 703-978-5600.

Faculty Artist Series: Faculty Showcase Recital. 8 p.m., at the Harris Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Free.

<b>Saturday/Sept. 12

</b>Burke Centre’s 32nd Annual Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Conservancy’s Festival Grounds, 6060 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke. Flag-raising at 10 a.m. will kick-off the festivities. Event features live entertainment including dance and musical performances, an arts and crafts show, antiques and food vendors, an evening wine garden, the Dixie Twister mechanical ride, pony rides, a 28-foot rock climbing wall, prize drawings, face painting, rides and games. Wine Garden open 5-9 p.m., with last wine serving at 8 p.m. Free shuttle bus service to and from the Festival grounds. Various shuttle bus stops will be located along Burke Centre Parkway, including all Metro bus stops. Parking is available along Burke Centre Parkway and at Knollwood Community Church on Saturday. Visit www.burkecentreweb.com and select Fall Festival for more information.

Concert. Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents “Great Expectations,” introducing it new Music Director Christopher Zimmerman at 8 p.m., at George Mason University's Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Drive in Fairfax. Free pre-performance lecture at 7 p.m. Free students tickets available until Sept. 11. Concert features Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story,” Elgar’s “Introduction and Allegro for Strings” and Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.” Single tickets now available. Go to www.fairfaxsymphony.org.

Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Mini-Walk hosted by Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter. 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., at Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter, 13000 Lee Highway, Fairfax. $25 for adults and $15 for youth (up to age 25). Registration form at www.shelterhouse.org or 703-536-5383. Help raise funds to prevent and end homelessness.

Comedy Hypnotist featuring hypnotist Tom DeLuca. Comic Pain Relief benefit show will take place at 7 p.m. at George Mason University, Center for Arts, Harris Theater. For Tickets call 703-993-2787 or go to www.tickets.com. Ticket prices are $20; $10-students.

A Platinum Jubilee reception featuring George Mason University Jazz Ensemble led by Jim Carroll plus a full assortment of refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. 5-8 p.m., at The Mathy House, home of George Mason University President Alan and Sally Merten. A limited number of tickets remain available Visit www.FairfaxLibraryFoundation.org.

How to Find a Job in Today's Troubled Economy. 2 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Advice from an experienced HR recruiter on all aspects of finding and keeping a job. Bring a copy of your resume. Adults. 703-249-1520.

Neighborhood Plant Clinic. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Adults. Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-978-5600.

Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, Inc. 10 a.m. City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Master Gardeners provide horticultural tips, information and advice. 703-293-6227.

Microsoft Excel. 2:30 p.m. City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Introduction to creating spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel. Age 13 and up. 703-293-6227.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m., at Concert Hall, George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets: $55, $45, $35, $25

<b>Sunday/Sept. 13

</b>Burke Centre’s 32nd Annual Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Conservancy’s Festival Grounds, 6060 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke. Flag-raising at 10 a.m. will kick-off the festivities. Event features live entertainment including dance and musical performances, an arts and crafts show, antiques and food vendors, an evening wine garden, the Dixie Twister mechanical ride, pony rides, a 28-foot rock climbing wall, prize drawings, face painting, rides and games. Free shuttle bus service to and from the Festival grounds. Various shuttle bus stops will be located along Burke Centre Parkway, including all Metro bus stops. Parking is available along Burke Centre Parkway and at Knollwood Community Church on Saturday. Visit www.burkecentreweb.com and select Fall Festival for more information.

Neighborhood Plant Clinic. 1 p.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. The Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association gives tips and advice. Adults. 703-644-7333.

<b>Monday/Sept. 14

</b>Rose Showing Workshop. 7:30 p.m., at Merrifield Garden Center at 12101 Lee Highway, Fairfax. Cut and bring roses. Master Consulting Rosarian Nita Bowen, along with other rose experts, will help make roses their best at the annual bench workshop. Refreshments will be served. Contact Pam Powers at 703-371-9351.

After-School Special. 3:30 p.m. Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Learning about and making origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, with real and paper money. Age 6-12. 703-978-5600.

Calling All Guys. 7 p.m. Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Book discussion group for boys. “Hatchet” by Gary Paulson. Age 9-12 with adult. 703-978-5600.

Friends of the Library Meeting. 7 p.m. Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Join the Friends group for their monthly meeting. Adults. 703-978-5600.

Bedtime Stories: Sleep Tight, Good Knight. 7 p.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Stories and activities about royal bedtime romps. Pajamas optional. Age 3-6 with adult. 703-644-7333.

Neighborhood Plant Clinic. 6 p.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. The Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association gives tips and advice. Adults. 703-644-7333.

<b>Tuesday/Sept. 15

</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 computers, common software applications and navigating the Internet. Call to sign up. Adults. 703-249-1520.

Book Discussion Group. 11 a.m. Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks. Adults. 703-978-5600.

Book Discussion Group. 6:30 p.m. Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. “Out Stealing Horses” by Per Petterson. Adults. 703-978-5600.

Book Discussion Group. 7 p.m. City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. “The Known World” by Edward P. Jones. Adults. 703-293-6227.

Tiny Tots. 10:30 a.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Very short stories, fingerplays and activities. Age 13-17 months with adult. 703-644-7333.

Small Oneders. 11:15 a.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Very short stories, fingerplays and activities. Age 18-23 months with adult. 703-644-7333.

Evening Book Discussion Group. 7 p.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. “Red Tent” by Anita Diamant. Adults. 703-644-7333.

Neighborhood Plant Clinic. 10 a.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. The Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association gives tips and advice. Adults. 703-644-7333.

Learn How To Show Roses. 7 p.m., at Merrifield Garden Center, 12101 Lee Highway, Fairfax. Free. 703-371-9351. Cut and bring some of your roses. Master Consulting Rosarian Nita Bowen and other rose experts will help you make your roses look their best at the annual bench workshop. Refreshments will be served.

<b>Wednesday/Sept. 16

</b>Needlework Group. 10:30 a.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Bring a project to work on and enjoy the company of other needlecrafters. Adults. 703-249-1520.

Hidden Ponds Nature Program. 4:30 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Nature and local ecology. Age 6-12. 703-249-1520.

Trickster Tales from Latin America. 10:30 a.m. City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Stories & activities. Age 3-5 with adult. 703-293-6227.

Writers' Roundtable. 6 p.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Discuss your work with other writers. Adults. 703-644-7333.

<b>Thursday/Sept. 17

</b>Are You 50 or Better? Come to the Lunch N’ Life sponsored by the Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke 12-2 p.m. at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. Randolph Bragg will give a “Spirited” Presentation: George Washington’s Distillery at Mount Vernon. Seating is limited. For reservations, call Faye Quesenberry at 703-620-0161 by Sept. 10. The cost is $8; checks payable to SCFB. If transportation is needed, call the SCFB office 703-323-4788. For more info on SCFB, see www.fairfax-burkesc.org.

Nuts About Squirrels! 10:30 a.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Stories, songs and activities about squirrels. Age 2-5 with adult. 703-249-1520.

Afternoon Reading Group. 1 p.m. City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Atonement by Ian McEwan. Adults. 703-293-6227.

<b>Saturday/Sept. 19

</b>29th Annual Fall Mosby’s Confederacy Bus Tour sponsored by the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society. The Tour Leaders will be Don Hakenson, Gregg Dudding and Eric Buckland. The bus will be leaving the Truro Rectory at 8:30 a.m. We will be visiting various sites in Marshall (Salem) and Rectortown as well as the Caleb Rector House, and more, arriving back at Truro around 5-5:30 p.m. Price: $65 members of the Stuart-Mosby Society $75 for non-members. Contact Don Hakenson, 703-971-4984 or dhakenson@cox.net; Gregg Dudding, wdudding@cox.net. Send a check made payable to Don Hakenson to Don Hakenson, 4708 Lillian Drive, Alexandria, VA 22310.

Country Western Dance sponsored by The Northern Virginia Country Western Dance Association will be a smoke-free, alcohol-free dance. 7:30-11 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. $10 for NVCWDA members, $12 for non-members, and $5 for ages 16-20 with student ID. www.nvcwda.org or 703-860-4941. Learn and enjoy the Two Step, Waltz, Line, Swing, Cha Cha, and other specialty dances. Couples and singles are welcome. Snacks and drinks will be available.

Neighborhood Plant Clinic. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Adults. Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-978-5600.

Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, Inc. 10 a.m. City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Master Gardeners provide horticultural tips, information and advice. 703-293-6227.

Truro Church Used Book Sale. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Truro Church, 10520 Main St., Fairfax. Huge outdoor book sale on the front lawn. Book donations may be dropped off at Truro Church-Common Grounds, Sept. 8-17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

<b> Sunday/ Sept. 20

</b>Anniversary of Birth of Confederate Battle Flag. 4:30 p.m., at the corner of Main and Oak streets, Fairfax. Author and local historian Ed Trexler will speak at the Frank Stringfello2 Camp #822 Sons of Confederate Veterans ceremony. Free. 703-250-8705 or stringfellowbuva@worldnet.att.net.

Lecture by Mark Vogl on “Jefferson Davis, American Patriot, American President.” 6 p.m., at the Panera Bread, 3955 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Hosted by Frank Stringfellow Camp #822 Sons of Confederate Veterans. Vogl’s first book, “Military Lessons of the Civil War,” was published in the spring of 2007 and received the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold medal from the United Daughters of the Confederacy. $5. 703-250-8705 or stringfellowbuva@worldnet.att.net.

Neighborhood Plant Clinic. 1 p.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. The Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association gives tips and advice. Adults. 703-644-7333.

"Grand" Piano Celebration. Jean Carrington Cook Memorial Scholarship Concert featuring Mason's Piano Faculty and Scholarship Students. 3 p.m., at Concert Hall, George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets: $15 adult, $10 senior, students free.

"Chopin for Lovers!" Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel. 7 p.m., at Concert Hall, George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets: $38, $30, $19. Youth through grade 12, half price.

Truro Church Used Book Sale. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Truro Church, 10520 Main St., Fairfax. Huge outdoor book sale on the front lawn. Book donations may be dropped off at Truro Church-Common Grounds, Sept. 8-17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Poetry reading by poet Scott Cairns, book signing and reception 7 p.m. in the Chapel.

<b>Monday/Sept. 21

</b>One-on-One eAudiobook Training. 6 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Learn to download digital audiobooks to a personal computer and portable MP3 player. Call to sign up. Adults. 703-249-1520.

Kid Science: It's Electric! 2 p.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Stories, discussion and experiments about electricity. Age 4-6 with adult. 703-644-7333.

Neighborhood Plant Clinic. 6 p.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. The Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association gives tips and advice. Adults. 703-644-7333.

"Global Warming: Science, Adaptation and Mitigation" by Jagadish Shukla. 7 p.m., at Concert Hall, George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Free.