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Gray Maynard, left, fights Nate Diaz on Monday, Jan. 11, in a Ultimate Fighting Championship bout at the George Mason University Patriot Center.

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/Jan. 7

</b>Bear Tales Story Time. 10:30 a.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Story time. Ages 13-23 months with adult. 703-249-1520.

Daytime Book Discussion Group. 12:15 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. “Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World” by Vicki Myron. Adults. 703-339-4610.

<b>Friday/Jan. 8

</b>Fairfax High School Choral Department Cabaret Night. 7 p.m. at Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax. Classic jazz and Broadway songs. Tickets cover admission, dessert and a beverage. $10 adults, $5 seniors, students or children over two. $25 for a family of four. Gift basket raffle available. www.fhschorus.net.

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

<b>Saturday/Jan. 9

</b>Animals in Winter. 10:30 a.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Join a naturalist from Hidden Pond Nature Center to learn about the animals in your neighborhood. Presentation includes live animals. 703-971-0010.

Friends of the Library Book Sale. 10 a.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Gems and finds for all readers. All ages. 703-339-4610.

Birding for Beginners class. 8-10:30 a.m. at Huntley Meadows Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Start with a discussion about field guides and optics. A walk will follow to look for and identify resident birds. Adults. $6. Reservations required at 703-768-2525.

Second Saturday Art Walk. The Workhouse Studio Artists will keep their doors open after hours, from 6-9 p.m., 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. The Association of Interior Design Professionals (AIDP) will host a reception in conjunction with the Art Walks in W-16 from 6-7 p.m. to bring together artists, interior design professionals and the public to highlight the creative incorporation of original art into interior design settings. For more information, call 703-495-0001 or visit www.workhousearts.org.

<b>Sunday/Jan. 10

</b>Le Hotclub de Biglick. 5:30 p.m., at the Lorton Workhouse, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. In the 1930s, a style of music known as gypsy jazz was made famous by the legendary Django Reinhardt. Now today, this music is kept alive by a group known as Le Hotclub de Biglick. For more information visit www.lehotclub.com. Tickets $15-$25 and can be purchased at www.workhousearts.org.

<b>Monday/Jan. 11

</b>Ultimate Fighting Championship, with Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz. 6:15 p.m. at George Mason University Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets $43-$203, at www.ticketmaster.com or at 703-573-SEAT. www.patriotcenter.com.

PAL Reading Visits. 4-5:30 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Read aloud to a trained therapy dog. Call to reserve a 15-minute slot. 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.

Happy Birthday Princess Priscilla. 10:30 a.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Celebrate the birthday of our branch teddy bear, Princess Priscilla, with stories and songs. Age 24 months to 5 with adult. 703-339-4610.

How Do The Critters Survive in The Cold? From 10-11 a.m., bring naturalists 3-6-years old to Hidden Pond Nature Center to learn how wildlife copes in harsh weather. Through an inside talk and outdoor exploration, the youngsters will see how nature finds a way to survive adverse conditions. They will find out what the creatures did during the snowstorm and understand how they make it through a long, cold winter. $4 per child. Call 703-451-9588 to make a reservation.

<b>Tuesday/Jan. 12

</b>Fun for Twos and Threes. 10:30 a.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Stories and activities. Age 2-3 with adult. 703-971-0010.

<b>Wednesday/Jan. 13

</b>Nonfiction Book Discussion Group. 6-7:30 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Call for title. Adults. 703-249-1520.

One-on-One Genealogical Research Assistance. 7 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Get started on genealogical research with the assistance of our experienced volunteers. Adults. 703-249-1520.

Older Adults Book Group. 2 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini. Meet next door at Kingstowne Center for Active Adults (KNCAA.) 703-339-4610.

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

Springfield/Alexandria Women’s Connection Christmas Luncheon. 11:30 a.m. at Springfield Golf and Country Club, 8301 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. $17, includes luncheon and free childcare. Reserve at 703-569-4670 or 703-590-6562 or SpringWmConn@yahoo.com.

<b>Friday/Jan. 15

</b>U.S. Navy Band's 33rd International Saxophone Symposium. 8 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. With clinics, recitals and vendor displays, 3-7 p.m. 202-433-2525 or www.navyband.navy.mil/saxophonesymposium.

<b>Saturday/Jan. 16

</b>U.S. Navy Band's 33rd International Saxophone Symposium. 8 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. With clinics, recitals and vendor displays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 202-433-2525 or www.navyband.navy.mil/saxophonesymposium.

So You Think You Can Dance Fairfax County Competition for Teens Audition Rounds. 3 -5 p.m. All contestants will need to fill out a Team Registration Entry Form prior to the audition, at any teen center or at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rec; go to Teen Services. Audition locations are: James Lee Teen Center, 2855-A Annandale Road, Falls Church; Mott Teen Center, 8100 Braddock Road, Fairfax; Reston Teen Center, 12196 Sunset Hills Drive, Reston and Hideaway Teen Center, South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria.

Springfield Community Theatre presents ‘Heroes.’ 8 p.m. at The John Swayze Theatre at the New School, 9431 Silver King Court, Fairfax. $18 general admission, $15 seniors and students. 703-866-6238 or www.sctonline.org.

Gallery After Hours: Los Gatos. 7 p.m., at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. Cash bar and light fare will be available, wear your dancing shoes. Tickets $15-$25. For more information visit www.losgatos.cc.

<b>Sunday/Jan. 17

</b>Springfield Community Theatre presents ‘Heroes.’ 2 p.m. at The John Swayze Theatre at the New School, 9431 Silver King Court, Fairfax. $18 general admission, $15 seniors and students. 703-866-6238 or www.sctonline.org.

<b>Monday/Jan. 18

</b>Give Together: A Family Volunteer Day. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Volunteer for multiple nonprofit agencies at one central location. Service projects will benefit populations served by FACETS, Fairfax 4-H, the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and the Orphan Foundation of America. Pre-register at www.volunteerfairfax.org. 703-246-3826 or swatson@volunteerfairfax.org.

<b>Tuesday/Jan. 19

</b>Early Readers Book Group. 4:30 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. A book group for 6 to 8-year-olds and their parents. 703-249-1520.

Snowy Tales 10:30 a.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Winter stories. Age 13 to 23 months with adult. 703-339-4610.