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Fairfax Station, Clifton, Lorton & Springfield Calendar

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<b>Thursday/April 29

</b>Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” Male Cast. 7:30 p.m. at Lake Braddock Secondary School Theatre, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Tickets $10. 703-426-1070 or www.lbtheatre.com.

Latin Dance Nights. 10 p.m. at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Ladies free, men $10. 703-569-5940.

<b>Friday/April 30

</b>“Father of the Bride.” 7:30 p.m. at Robert E. Lee High School Lancer Theater, 6540 Franconia Road, Springfield. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. 703-924-8438.

Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” Female Cast. 8 p.m. at Lake Braddock Secondary School Theatre, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Tickets $10. 703-426-1070 or www.lbtheatre.com.

Audubon Bird Walk. 8 a.m. at Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station. Beginners welcome. Check the woods and the lake for spring migrants. Meet at the carousel parking lot, first left after entering the park. Register at info@audubonva.org or 703-256-6895.

Ponderings: Creatures of the Swamp. 4:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield. For ages 6-10. Catch and identify swamp creatures. $5 per child. Reserve at 703-451-9588.

<b>Saturday/May 1

</b>Robinson Secondary School Crew Club Plant Sale. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at Burke Nursery and Garden Center, 9401 Burke Road, Burke. All Crew Club boats, coaches and fees are paid solely through fundraising. Burke Nursery donates a percentage of total sales when purchased at the Crew Club Booth with at least one Certificate. Pre-purchase $10 certificates at cv622@aol.com or lewisfamily6@verizon.net. www.robinsoncrew.com or www.burkenursery.com.

Both Sides Battlefield Tour. Meet at the Franconia Museum at Franconia Governmental Center, 6121 Franconia Road. Museum tour, coffee and donuts at 8 a.m. Bus leaves at 8:15 a.m. See where Stonewall Jackson was mortally wounded at Chancellorsville, hear about the Franconia connection to Spotsylvania and view the stone wall at Fredericksburg where the Union attack was thwarted. Visit the plantation house where Robert E. Lee courted Mary Custis. $100 includes bus, lunch, and a fast-food value card for the return trip. Contact Don Hakenson at 703-971-4984 or dhakenson@cox.net or Gregg Dudding at 703-971-4860 or wdudding@cox.net.

“Father of the Bride.” 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Robert E. Lee High School Lancer Theater, 6540 Franconia Road, Springfield. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. 703-924-8438.

Latin Dance Nights. 10 p.m.-2 a.m.; at Jaxx 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. 703-569-5940. Ladies free, men $10.

Homeschool Theater Spring Show. 12 p.m. at Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre, 10712 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and more. Show and bag lunch $15, show only $12. Additional $2 at the door. Reserve at 703-866-3546 or www.yptnva.com/Groups.htm.

Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” Female cast at 2:30 p.m. and male cast at 8 p.m. Lake Braddock Secondary School Theatre, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Tickets $10. 703-426-1070 or www.lbtheatre.com.

Container Garden Workshop. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Heather Hill Gardens, 8111 Ox Rd, Fairfax Station. Bring a container or purchase one. Soil, fertilizer, and refreshments provided. 703-690-6060 or www.heatherhillgardens.com.

One-on-One Computer Tutoring. 10 a.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Learn to use a computer. Call for an appointment. Adults. 703-249-1520.

St. Mary's Mothers' Group Kids' Stuff Sale. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church, 5222 Sideburn Road, Springfield. Proceeds benefit the St. Mary's Mothers' Group, local charities, and individuals in need. Donations welcome. Contact Jenny Weston, 703-424-3396.

<b>Sunday/May 2

</b>Homeschool Theater Spring Show. 12 p.m. at Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre, 10712 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and more. Show and bag lunch $15, show only $12. Additional $2 at the door. Reserve at 703-866-3546 or www.yptnva.com/Groups.htm.

<b>Monday/May 3

</b>Latin Dance Nights. 10 p.m. at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Ladies free, men $10. 703-569-5940.

Read to the Dog. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Read to a Reading Therapy Dog. Call to register for one 15 minute slot. Age 6 to 12 with adult. 703-339-4610.

<b>Tuesday/May 4

</b>Dine Out for Koinonia. Chili's Restaurant, at the corner of Manchester Blvd. and Beulah Road, Alexandria. The Koinonia Foundation, a local social services organization, will receive 20 percent of every restaurant check all day long. Diners must mention "Koinonia" to their server. 703-971-1991 or www.koinoniacares.org.

Teen Book Club. 6:30 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Food, fun and reading. Age 12-18. 703-249-1520.

<b>Wednesday/May 5

</b>Open Irish Song Session. 8:30 p.m. at Hard Times Cafe, 6362 Springfield Plaza, Springfield. Open to anyone who would like to sing or listen to Irish songs. 703-913-5600.

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

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

<b>Thursday/May 6

</b>Celebration of Song: Hale/Davis UCM Benefit Concert. 7 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria. Meet the Artists reception follows. $25 adults, $20 seniors, $10 students. Charge tickets at 703-360-9546.

Latin Dance Nights. 10 p.m. at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Ladies free, men $10. 703-569-5940.

Zoo Tales. 10:30 a.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Stories about animals. Ages 13-23 months with adult. 703-249-1520.

Daytime Book Discussion Group. 12:15 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. Adults. 703-339-4610.

<b>Friday/May 7

</b>“Anything Goes.” 7:30 p.m. at South County Secondary School, 8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton. Cole Porter’s classic musical with a cast of 50 students, by the South County Theatre Department. $10, seniors $9. 703-446-1591 or www.southcountytheatre.org.

Latin Dance Nights. 10 p.m. at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Ladies free, men $10. 703-569-5940.

Lunch Bunch. 12 p.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Bring a lunch and join us for stories. Birth-5 with adult. 703-971-0010.

<b>Saturday/May 8

</b>“Anything Goes.” 7:30 p.m. at South County Secondary School, 8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton. Cole Porter’s classic musical with a cast of 50 students, by the South County Theatre Department. $10, seniors $9. 703-446-1591 or www.southcountytheatre.org.

Latin Dance Nights. 10 p.m. at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Ladies free, men $10. 703-569-5940.

One-on-One Computer Tutoring. 10 a.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Learn to use a computer. Call for an appointment. Adults. 703-249-1520.

How to Find a Job in Today's Troubled Economy. 1 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Advice from an experienced HR recruiter on all aspects of finding and keeping a good job. Bring a copy of your resume. Adults. 703-249-1520.

Friends of the Library Book Sale. 10 a.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

Virginia Land To Sea. 10:30 a.m. Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Take a tour of Virginia through song and story with CShells music. Preschool. 703-339-7385.

<b>Sunday/May 9

</b>Picturing Mothers. 1-5 p.m. at Gunston Hall Plantation, 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck. View an 18th century fashion show and listen to the stories of the women who lived and worked at Gunston Hall. Have Mom's silhouette done by a professional silhouette artist 2-4 p.m., additional fee for silhouettes, reservation recommended. $9, $8 seniors, $5 ages 6-18, under 6 free. 703-550-9220 or www.gunstonhall.org.

Gunston Conversations. 2-4 p.m. at Gunston Hall Plantation, 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck. Engage in conversation with members of George Mason's family. Discuss the travails of motherhood in the 18th century or political topics of the day or the fashionable dress of 1786 or the doings of the neighborhood. $9, $8 seniors, $5 ages 6-18, under 6 free. 703-550-9220 or www.gunstonhall.org.

<b>Monday/May 10

</b>Latin Dance Nights. 10 p.m. at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Ladies free, men $10. 703-569-5940.

Our Daily Bread Charity Golf Tournament. 1 p.m. at South Riding Golf Club, 43237 Golf View Drive, South Riding. $125 registration fee includes a full round of golf, driving range, golf cart, drink cart, hors d’oevres and dinner and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit Our daily Bread’s programs to assist low-income families in Fairfax. Contact 703-273-8829 or www.our-daily-bread.org.

PAL Reading Visits. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Practice reading with a trained therapy dog. Call to register. 703-249-1520.

Early Reader Book Discussion. 3:30 p.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Early reader book activities. Call for titles. Age 6-8 with adult. 703-971-0010.

Sunny Stories. 10:30 a.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Stories and fun that celebrate spring. Age 24 months to 5 years with adult. 703-339-4610.

Read to the Dog. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Read to a Reading Therapy Dog. Call to register for one 15 minute slot. Age 6 to 12 with adult. 703-339-4610.

<b>Tuesday/May 11

</b>Encore Chorale Spring Concert. 12:30 at The Woodlands Retirement Community, 4320 Forest Hill Drive, Fairfax. Free event, seating is limited. Reserve at 703-667-9801.Encore Chorale Spring Concert. 12:30 at The Woodlands Retirement Community, 4320 Forest Hill Drive, Fairfax. Free event, seating is limited. Reserve at 703-667-9801.

Fun for 2's & 3's. 10:30 a.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Stories and activities. Age 2-3 with adult. 703-971-0010.

Second Tuesday Evening Book Discussion. 6:45 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. “Animal Farm” by George Orwell. Adults. 703-339-4610.

<b>Wednesday/May 12

</b>Silent Sentinel Award Reception. 7 p.m. at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna. This is a fundraising event for the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial, to be located in Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton, and will pay tribute to those who secured voting rights for women. 703-830-1355 or turningpoint@suffragistmemorial.org.

Open Irish Song Session. 8:30 p.m. at Hard Times Cafe, 6362 Springfield Plaza, Springfield. Open to anyone who would like to sing or listen to Irish songs. 703-913-5600.

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

Older Adults Book Group. 2 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House” by Jon Meacham. Meet next door at the Kingstowne Center for Active Adults. 703-339-4610.

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

<b>Thursday/May 13

</b>Latin Dance Nights. 10 p.m. at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Ladies free, men $10. 703-569-5940.

Afternoon Book Discussion Group. 1 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Call for title. Adults. 703-249-1520.

<b>Friday/May 14

</b>“Anything Goes.” 7:30 p.m. at South County Secondary School, 8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton. Cole Porter’s classic musical with a cast of 50 students, by the South County Theatre Department. $10, seniors $9. 703-446-1591 or www.southcountytheatre.org.

Latin Dance Nights. 10 p.m. at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Ladies free, men $10. 703-569-5940.

<b>Saturday/May 15

</b>Concerts from Kirkwood: the Vocal Arts Society 2009 Winners. 3 p.m. at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 8336 Carrleigh Parkway, Springfield. Sopranos Aundi Marie Moore and Jennifer Holbrook, pianist R. Timothy McReynolds and commentator Elizabeth Daniels. Refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists after the concert. Free and open to the public. 703-923-9365 or web.me.com/kkerhack/Concerts_from_Kirkwood.

Latin Dance Nights. 10 p.m. at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Ladies free, men $10. 703-569-5940.

Lake Accotink 5K Walk to Benefit Children in Foster Care. Registration begins 8:30 a.m. at Lake Accotink Park, 5660 Heming Ave., Springfield. Participate in a 5K walk to honor foster families and the approximately 370 children in foster care in Fairfax County. To register or help sponsor the event, visit www.fairfaxyouth.org.

Jubilee Christian Center Yard Sale. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at the church at 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. Proceeds will help raise funds for a Youth Missions trip to Appalachia this summer. Donated items for the Yard Sale may be dropped off at the church beginning May 10. 703-383-1170 or www.jccag.org.

“Anything Goes.” 7:30 p.m. at South County Secondary School, 8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton. Cole Porter’s classic musical with a cast of 50 students, by the South County Theatre Department. $10, seniors $9. 703-446-1591 or www.southcountytheatre.org.

Herb Festival. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Heather Hill Gardens, 8111 Ox Rd., Fairfax Station. With magazine editor and author Barbara Jacksier and cooking and planting demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free admission. 703-690-6060 or www.heatherhillgardens.com.

One-on-One Computer Tutoring. 10 a.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Learn to use a computer. Call for an appointment. Adults. 703-249-1520.

PAWS to Read. 11 a.m. Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Read with Chance, a trained reading therapy dog, for a 10-minute session. Call to register. Arrive early to check in. 703-339-7385.

<b>Sunday/May 16

</b>Thomas Pandolfi Piano Recital. 7 p.m. at Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Music & Arts at Providence Concert Series. Complimentary refreshments at Meet the Artist reception following the concert. $20 in advance, $25 at door; seniors and students $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 703-978-3934 or www.providencechurch.org/music_arts/.

Vegetable Sushi & Sea Vegetables Cooking Class. 10 a.m. 9302 Hallston Court, Fairfax Station. $50 per person. Vegetarian sushi-making demonstrated. Registration required at 703-643-2713.