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Fairfax Station, Laurel Hill & Springfield Calendar

Send notes to the Connection at south@connectionnewspapers.com or call 703-778-9416. Deadline is Friday. Dated announcements should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.

<b>Thursday/Feb. 18

</b>Make New Friends. 10:30 a.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Stories, songs and activities about friendship. Age 2-5 with adult. 703-249-1520.

Dinosaur Days. 10:30 a.m. Richard Byrd Library, 6315 Backlick Road, Springfield. Stories and activities. Age 2-5 with adult. 703-451-8055.

Reading and Rocking Preschool Class. 10:30 a.m. Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Early literacy storytime. Ages 2-4 with an adult. 703-339-7385.

Dan Dietz's ‘tempODYSSEY.’ 8 p.m. at George Mason University Black Box Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets $6, students and seniors $3. Tickets to performances cancelled due to snow will be honored. 703-993-8888 or 703-993-1120.

<b>Friday/Feb. 19

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

Ponderings: Winter Survival Tips. 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield. Naturalist shows off severe-weather shelter building skills. Program concludes with campfire. Recommended for ages 6-10. $6/person. 703-451-9588.

Dan Dietz's ‘tempODYSSEY.’ 8 p.m. at George Mason University Black Box Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets $6, students and seniors $3. Tickets to performances cancelled due to snow will be honored. 703-993-8888 or 703-993-1120.

<b>Saturday/Feb. 20

</b>Simply Sinatra, with the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and Vocalist Steve Lippia. 8 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4500 University Drive, Fairfax. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins at 7:15 p.m. on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Tickets are $21-$42. Charge at 888-945-2468 or www.gmu.edu/cfa.

One-on-One Computer Tutoring. 10-11 a.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Learn to use a computer, navigate the Internet, and work with common software applications. Call for an appointment. Adults. 703-249-1520.

VITA Tax Assistance. 10:30 a.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

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. 703-339-7385.

Wonderful Wetland Waterfowl Hike. 2-4 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. For children 9 and older. Children must be accompanied

by an adult. $6/person. 703-768-2525.

All A-Buzz About Bees. 5-6:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Suited for anyone 11 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $6/person. 703-768-2525.

DC Baby Planners Registry 101. 5 p.m. The Story Tellers, 308-D Poplar Alley, Occoquan. info@storytellers.com or info@dcbabyplanners.com.

Third Annual Monopoly Tournament to Benefit Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Glory Days Grill, 9459 Lorton Market St., Lorton. $25 entry fee includes breakfast and lunch with all proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia. Top prize $500. Pre-registration required by Feb. 12. www.LortonMonopoly.com or 1-888-495-6207 ext. 9

Gallery After Hours: Word Beat. 7:30 p.m. in Gallery W-16, Second Floor at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. Jazz percussionist Tom Teasley and singer/actor Charles Williams pair words with percussion. Tickets $15-$25. Cash bar and light fare available. www.WorkhouseArts.org.

Dan Dietz's ‘tempODYSSEY.’ 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at George Mason University Black Box Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets $6, students and seniors $3. Tickets to performances cancelled due to snow will be honored. 703-993-8888 or 703-993-1120.

<b>Sunday/Feb. 21

</b>The Northern Virginia NTRAK Model Train Club. 1-4 p.m. at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. N Scale Model Trains will be running in both the station and the caboose. $2 for adults, $1 ages 4-10. 703-425-9225.

Dan Dietz's ‘tempODYSSEY.’ 2 p.m. at George Mason University Black Box Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets $6, students and seniors $3. Tickets to performances cancelled due to snow will be honored. 703-993-8888 or 703-993-1120.

<b>Monday/Feb. 22

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

Read to the Dog. 3:30-4:30 p.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Read aloud to a trained therapy dog. Sign up for a 15-minute session. Age 6-12. 703-971-0010.

Nature Quest: Signs of Spring. 10-11 a.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield. Ages 3-6. $4/child. 703-451-9588.

Monday Bird Walk. 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Eakin Community Park. Discover resident birds of the Accotink Stream Valley. Boardwalk is for all ages. Meet at the Prosperity Avenue parking lot. Activity is free. 703-941-1065.

<b>Tuesday/Feb. 23

</b>Life Line Screening. Beginning at 9 a.m. at the Springfield Masonic Lodge #217, 7001 Backlick Road, Springfield. Screening are available for cardiovascular conditions, abdominal aortic aneurysms, heart disease and bone density. Packages start at $139. Reservations required at 1-877-237-1287 or www.lifelinescreening/com.

Lullaby Stories. 7 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Evening stories and activities. Pajamas and stuffed animals welcome. Age 12 months to 5 with adult. 703-339-4610.

<b>Wednesday/Feb. 24

</b>Travel Club. 1 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 6315 Backlick Road, Springfield. Bring lunch and enjoy a discussion. Adults. 703-451-8055.

Tell It Again. 6 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 6315 Backlick Road, Springfield. Music and activities in English and Spanish. Age 4-12 with adult. 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.

Habitat Restoration: Lake Accotink. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield. Learn plant identification and help restore this woodland/field habitat. Participants must be 13 years or older unless accompanied by an adult. Workday is free to attend. 703-324-8681.

<b>Friday/Feb. 26

</b>The Virginia Opera presents Mozart’s Don Giovanni. 8 p.m. at George Mason University Center For The Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $48-$98. 888-945-2468 or www.tickets.com.

Friends of the Burke Centre Library Big Book Sale. 10 a.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. 703-249-1520.

Dr Seuss' Birthday. 12 p.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Bring lunch and hear stories. Ages birth-5 with adult. 703-971-0010.

Ponderings: Early Signs of Spring Hike. 4:30-6 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield. Dress for weather. Ages 6-10. $6/person. 703-451-9588.

Film Screening: “A Man Named Pearl.” 7:30 p.m. in Gallery W-16, Second Floor at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. An artist workshop and lecture with self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar and a screening of the film “A Man Named Pearl.” Cash bar and light fare available. $5-10 for film and workshop. www.WorkhouseArts.org.

<b>Saturday/Feb. 27

</b>One-on-One Computer Tutoring. 10-11 a.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Learn to use a computer, navigate the Internet, and work with common software applications. Call for an appointment. Adults. 703-249-1520.

VITA Tax Assistance. 10:30 a.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: Masters of the Fiddle. 8 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $22-$44. Youth through grade 12, half price. Charge at 888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu.

Big Used Book Sale. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Raymond of Penafort Church hall, 8750 Pohick Road, Springfield. Hardbacks, paperbacks, fiction, non-fiction, children’s and adult books. Snacks and beverages available. Judy Knight, 703-455-7293.

Film Screening: “A Man Named Pearl.” 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Gallery W-16, Second Floor at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. A special Youth workshop and lecture will be at 5:30 p.m. $5-10 for film and workshop. www.WorkhouseArts.org.

<b>Sunday/Feb. 28

</b>The Virginia Opera presents Mozart’s Don Giovanni. 2 p.m. at George Mason University Center For The Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $48-$98. 888-945-2468 or www.tickets.com.

Disney Live Rockin' Road Show. 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. At the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $22-$55. Tickets available by Phonecharge at 703-573-SEAT or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Bones. 1-2:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Search clues left behind in animal skulls, teeth and bones. Ages 9-12. $6/person. 703-768-2525.

<b>Monday/March 1

</b>British alternative rock band Muse with Silversun Pickups. 8 p.m. at George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets $55, available online at www.ticketmaster.com or via Phonecharge at 703-573-SEAT. Accessible seating is available for patrons with disabilities by calling 703-993-3035. www.muse.mu or www.patriotcenter.com.

Family Mediation: Why, When, and How. 11 a.m. at Pohick Regional Library, Room 1, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd., Burke. Mediation and issues such as custody, visitation, child support, spousal support and property distibution. Free. 703-864-2101.

<b>Thursday/March 4

</b>We're All In This Together! High School Musical Junior. 7 p.m. at Francis Scott Key Middle School, 6402 Franconia Road, Springfield. $7. 703-313-3900.

<b>Friday/March 5

</b>We're All In This Together! High School Musical Junior. 7 p.m. at Francis Scott Key Middle School, 6402 Franconia Road, Springfield. $7. 703-313-3900.

<b>Saturday/March 6

</b>New Zealand Dance Troupe Black Grace. 8 p.m. at George Mason Center for the Arts, 4500 University Drive, Fairfax. A fusion of traditional Pacific cultures and contemporary dance, thundering stomps and syncopated body slaps, and three-part harmonies with movement that softly curves and sways. Composed of men of Pacific Islander and Maori descent, the ensemble features seven robust dancers who do not fit the American prototype of a dancer. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $21-$42. Charge at 888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu.

Jimmy Lange vs. Chase “The White Tiger” Shields Boxing Card. 7:30 p.m. at George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets are $30-$500, available online at www.ticketmaster.com or at 703-573-SEAT.

Music with Paul Reisler and Terri Allard. 7 p.m. in Gallery W-16, Second Floor at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. Tickets $15-25. www.WorkhouseArts.org.

We're All In This Together! High School Musical Junior. 7 p.m. at Francis Scott Key Middle School, 6402 Franconia Road, Springfield. $7. 703-313-3900.

<b>Sunday/March 7

</b>Jeffrey Siegel: Chopin the Storyteller. 7 p.m. at George Mason University's Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins at 6:45 p.m. Tickets $19-$38, youth through grade 12 half price. 888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu.