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<b>Thursday/Jan. 21</b>

Chapter 227, Vietnam Veterans of America Inc. Meeting. 7:30 p.m. at Neighbor’s Restaurant, 262D Cedar Lane, Cedar Lane Shopping Center, Vienna. Challenges of Women Serving in the Modern U.S, Military, with speaker Kayla Williams, former army Arabic linguist of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Iraq War veteran, author of "Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army." All invited. Free. 703-255-0353 or www.vva227.org.

Peter Mulvey and Jeffrey Foucault. 7:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. www.jamminjava.com.

Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre. 7:30 p.m. at Langley School, 1411 Balls Hill Road McLean. Webre will discuss how a strong education in the arts prepares children to excel, and will share strategies for parents to help build ‘performing arts intelligence’ in their children, encouraging a lifelong appreciation of all performing arts. Free, reservations suggested. 703-356-1920 or www.langleyschool.org.

Reception and Gallery Talk. 7-9 p.m. at Emerson Gallery, McLean Project for the Arts, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Synergy: Sculpture by Nicole Fall. 703-790-1953 or www.mpaart.org.

<b>Friday/Jan. 22</b>

English Conversation. 10 a.m. Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. Group for adult non-native English speakers of all levels. Call for details. 703-938-0405.

Pokemon League. 3 p.m. Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. Learn and play. Age 5-18. 703-938-0405.

Enter the Haggis and Adam Ezra Group. 8 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $12. www.jamminjava.com.

American Legion Post 270 Citrus Sale. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at American Legion Post 270, 1355 Balls Hill Road, McLean. Honeybells, seedless grapefruit, navel oranges, Murcot tangerines and maple syrup. Proceeds support local community youth, patriotic activities and veteran needs. 703-356-8259.

<b>Saturday/Jan. 23</b>

Violinist Augustin Hadelich and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. 7 p.m. pre-concert lecture free to ticketed patrons. Tickets $25-$55, available at 1-888-945-2468 or Tickets.com.

So You Think You Can Dance Fairfax County Final Competition. 4-7 p.m. at the Annandale High School in the Gymnasium, 4700 Medford Drive, Annandale. $3 per person. Sponsored by the Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services’ Teen Services Division. 703-324-TEEN (8336), TTY 711.

American Legion Post 270 Citrus Sale. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at American Legion Post 270, 1355 Balls Hill Road, McLean. Honeybells, seedless grapefruit, navel oranges, Murcot tangerines and maple syrup. Proceeds support local community youth, patriotic activities and veteran needs. 703-356-8259.

Potomac Gorge Biological Ecosystems Exhibit Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. 12 noon at the Riverbend Park Visitor’s Center, 8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls. Speakers will include American Indian lecturer and teacher Rose Powhatan, local officials, Park Authority representatives and members of the community. The exhibit highlights the creation of floodplains, cliffs and valleys carved by erosion, how Fairfax County was once covered by ocean and volcanic islands, the big-game hunting Paleo Indians, and a totem pole designed and carved by Rose Powhatan. Free. Reservations requested at 703-324-8662.

The McLean Branch of the American Association of University Women Monthly Meeting. 9:30 am at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Speaker, Jeff Offutt, professor of Information and Software Engineering at George Mason University. 703-830-6503 or www.mcleanaauw.org

Charity Rock Concert with Irresponsible. 7 p.m. at the Soundry, 316 Dominion Road, Vienna. Featuring four local bands. All proceeds will be donated to CHO-Committee for Helping Others, to aid needy members of the Vienna/Oakton communities. www.cho-va.com or www.soundry.net.

Family Fun Bingo. 2:30-4 p.m. at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. www.mcleancenter.org.

Plan on Living Happily Ever After. 10 a.m. at The Women's Center, 127 Park St., N.E., Vienna. $35 non-members, $25 members. www.thewomenscenter.org or 703-281-2657.

Diane Welland, M.S., R.D.: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Clean. 12 p.m. Barnes & Noble Books, 7851L Tysons Corner Center, McLean. crm2238@bn.com.

<b>Sunday/Jan. 24</b>

The Band of the Irish Guards and the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at George Mason University's Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. The U. S. debut of the Band of the Irish Guards, with marches, sailor ballads and Celtic folk songs. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier. $24-$48. Youth through grade12 half price when accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Tap Kids. 3 p.m. at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-0123.

Mid-Atlantic Song Contest Awards Gala. 5 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $7 in advance, $10 at the door. www.jamminjava.com.

Capitol Steps. 7 p.m. at Langley High School, 1454 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. $30, proceeds support the All Night Graduation Party for the Class of 2010. www.langleyptsa.org.

Viola Concert to Benefit Food for Others. 4:30 p.m. at Oakton Church of the Brethren, 10025 Courthouse Road, Vienna. Violists Stephanie Knutsen and Tyler Sieh with pianist Narciso Solero, performing works by Igor Stravinsky, Franz Schubert and Henri Vieuxtemps. Admission is free, donations will be accepted for Food for Others. 703-281-4411 or www.oaktonbrethren.org.

<b>Monday/Jan. 25</b>

Game On Afternoon Edition. 3:30 p.m. Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. Test your prowess at the Wii Mario Kart or Super Smashbros. Age 6-16. 703-938-0405.

Matt Hires, Jason Castro and Caitlin Crosby. 7:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $10. www.jamminjava.com.

<b>Tuesday/Jan. 26</b>

Colvin Run Community Center Weekly Dance. 7 p.m. at Colvin Run Schoolhouse, 10201 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. $10. www.colvinrun.org.

Treasured Threes to Fives. 10:30 a.m. Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. Stories and songs. Age 3-5 with adult. 703-938-0405.

Great Decisions Seminar. 2 p.m. Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. Roundtable discussion of U.S. foreign policy. Adults. Reading material will be available for pick-up at the Information Desk 2 weeks before the program. 703-938-0405.

Hope and Power for Financial Empowerment: Savings and Investing. 7 p.m. at The Women's Center, 127 Park St., N.E., Vienna. Free. Registration required at www.thewomenscenter.org or 703-281-2657 ext. 266.

Outlaw Nation and Chase Long Beach. 8 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. www.jamminjava.com.

<b>Wednesday/Jan. 27</b>

Furry Foxes. 10:30 a.m. Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Learn about foxes through activities; practice yipping like a fox. 703-757-8560.

Wales: Land of Song. 7:30 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Visit Wales by film. 703-573-SEAT.

<b>Thursday/Jan. 28</b>

Five Local Chefs, Five Local Wines, Five Local Farms, One Local Cause: Loudoun Interfaith Relief. 6:30 p.m. $150 all inclusive, with sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a five course menu with wine pairings. Each course will be prepared by chefs Mark Marrocco of Magnolias at the Mill, Patrick Dinh of Tuscarora Mill, Aaron McCloud of Vintage 50/51, Chris Carey of The Wine Kitchen and Christopher Edwards of The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm. Live Music by Olivera Music Entertainment. Reserve at 540 822-9017 or info@patowmackfarm.com.

Toddlin' Twos. 10:30 a.m. Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. Stories and songs. Age 2 with adult. 703-938-0405.

Patrick Henry Book Club. 1 p.m. Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. Book discussion. Call for title. Adults. 703-938-0405.

<b>Friday/Jan. 29</b>

Turner to Cézanne: An Evening with Corcoran Director, President and Exhibition Curator Paul Greenhalgh. 7 p.m. at Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-1953 or www.mpaart.org.

English Conversation. 10 a.m. Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. Group for adult non-native English speakers of all levels. Call for details. 703-938-0405.

Pokemon League. 3 p.m. Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. Learn and play. Age 5-18. 703-938-0405.

The Kennedys and Maura Kennedy’s Solo CD Release. 7 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $18. www.jamminjava.com.

<b>Saturday/Jan. 30</b>

Sing Me Insomnia, The Goodnight Anthem and Struan Shields. 6 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $12. www.jamminjava.com.

An Evening with Charlie Hunter. 9:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. www.jamminjava.com.

Northern Virginia Country Western Dance Association. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Line dance beginning at 7:30 p.m., couples specialty dance at 8 p.m., open dancing 8:30-11 p.m. $10 members, $12 non-members, $5 for ages 16-20 with student ID. website, www.nvcwda.org or 703-860-4941.

Michelle Singletary, with Power to Prosper: 21

Days to Financial Freedom. 1 p.m. Barnes & Noble Books, 7851L Tysons Corner Center, McLean. crm2238@bn.com.

Ingrid King, author of Buckley’s Story: Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Seneca Hill Animal Hospital Resort and Spa, 11415 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. 703-450-6760.

<b>Sunday/Jan. 31</b>

Martina McBride and Trace Adkins. 7:30 p.m. at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets are $49.75-$69.75, available at all Ticketmaster locations or Phonecharge at 703-573-SEAT. 703-993-3000 or www.patriotcenter.com.

Learn to Predict the Weather During the Groundhog’s Day Out. 2-3:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road in Herndon. Learn about groundhogs and other ways to forecast the weather. Take a short walk to visit a real groundhog burrow. Appropriate for all ages, with a puppet show, crafts, games and hot chocolate. $5 per person. Registration required at 703-437-9101. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp.

Pianist Audrey Andrist. 3 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Free. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/aldenconcerts.