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Burke & Fairfax Calendar

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<b>Friday/Nov. 26

</b>28th Annual Art and Craft Showcase. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., Vienna. More than eighty local artisans with pottery, fused and stained glass, jewelry, fabric and weavings, photography and more. Admission $3. www.nvhg.org.

Mary Fahl at 7 p.m., We Were Kings, The Blackjacks and Josh Abt and the Regulars at 10 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. jamminjava.com.

<b>Saturday/Nov. 27

</b>A Chanticleer Christmas. 8 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Traditional carols, sacred works and holiday favorites. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins at 7:15 p.m. on the Center’s Grand Tier III. $24-$48. Charge at 888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu.

DrumStix Dash 8K. 9 a.m. at Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station. A one-mile family fun run will also be held. Prizes awarded to the top three overall and first three age-group winners in the 8K. The race benefits Housing and Community Services of Northern Virginia, a nonprofit agency dedicated to helping people stay in their homes. $25 for the 8K, $30 on race day. $10 for the fun run. 202-262-7878 or jillmlandsman@gmail.com.

Gillian’s Fun Deck and Park Ren Hollow: A Night When Friends Adopt A Family. 8:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. jamminjava.com.

“Nutcracker Ballet.” 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Northern Virginia Community College Ernst Theater, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Presented by the Classical Ballet Theatre of Northern Virginia. Tickets $18-$22, special pricing available for military families and Girl Scouts. www.cbtnva.org or 703-471-0750.

<b>Sunday/Nov. 28

</b>Jammin’ Java Songwriter’s Circle: I Love The 80s. 7 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. jamminjava.com.

“Nutcracker Ballet.” 2 p.m. at Northern Virginia Community College Ernst Theater, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Presented by the Classical Ballet Theatre of Northern Virginia. $18-$22, special pricing available for military families and Girl Scouts. www.cbtnva.org or 703-471-0750.

<b>Monday/Nov. 29

</b>Inova Blood Drive. 1:30-7 p.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Photo ID required. Appointments preferred. Call 1-866-256-6372. 703-644-7333.

Levi Kreis, Eric Himan and Jason Antone. 7:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. jamminjava.com.

<b>Tuesday/Nov. 30

</b>Tales for Twos: Ready for Winter. 1:30 p.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Stories, songs and activities about winter. Age 24-35 months with adult. 703-644-7333.

Lunafest. 6 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. jamminjava.com.

<b>Wednesday/Dec. 1

</b>Holiday Tunes for Tots Concert. 7 p.m. W.T. Woodson High School, 9525 Main St., Fairfax. Geared for preschool and early elementary students. Tickets $3. HolidayTunesForTots@gmail.com or 703-352-7715.

TFDI Tour Feat. Tony Lucca, Jay Nash and Matt Duke. 7:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. jamminjava.com.

<b>Thursday/Dec. 2

</b>Holiday Tunes for Tots Concert. 10 a.m. W.T. Woodson High School, 9525 Main St., Fairfax. Geared for preschool and early elementary students. Tickets $3. HolidayTunesForTots@gmail.com or 703-352-7715.

Cartoon Johnny Holiday CD Release Show at 7:30 p.m. and It’s First Dubstep & DnB Banger, Grime Syndicate and Ameerkat vs Matheus at 10 p.m.. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. jamminjava.com.

Art and Law. 7:30 p.m. at George Mason University Harris Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Free. 703-993-8898.

<b>Friday/Dec. 3

</b>The Virginia Opera: Mozart’s “Così Fan Tutte.” 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.

Atomic Tom at 7 p.m. and Super bob, Uncrowned and Rebel Inc at 10 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. jamminjava.com.

“Amahl and the Night Visitors.” 8 p.m. at George Mason University Harris Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Gian Carlo Menotti’s classic story. $20 adults, $15 students and seniors. 888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu.

<b>Saturday/Dec. 4

</b>Fairfax Festival of Lights and Carols. 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets available at Parks and Recreation office at City Hall and Green Acres Center. 703-385-7858 or www.fairfaxva.gov.

* Lunch with Santa. 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m. at Old Town Hall.

* Band, Chorus and Orchestra Performance. 2:30 p.m. at Sidney Lanier Middle School, 3801 Jermantown Road, Fairfax.

* Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. 5 p.m. in the Kitty Pozer Garden behind Old Town Hall. Caroling, music by Good News Ringers and the Jubil-Aires.

* Candlelight Tours of Historic Ratcliffe-Allison House. 6-7 p.m. Ratcliffe-Allison House, next to Old Town Hall. Candlelight tours of the city’s oldest residence.

Turtle Island String Quartet. 8 p.m. George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. With jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut and mandolinist Mike Marshall. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Tickets $22-$44, available at 888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu.

Gifts That Give Hope Alternative Gift Fair. 12-5 p.m. at Truro Church, 10520 Main St., Fairfax. Donations and some tangible items for local non-profits in all price ranges, from $15 for a gallon of milk plus a dozen eggs for 3 families up to $75 to help prevent eviction for a family with children. More than 20 non-profit organizations will be on-hand. www.givingcircleofhope.org or www.giftsthatgivehope.org.

Ballyhoo and Mojo. 10 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. jamminjava.com.

Incorporating Fresh Flowers with Holiday Greens. 10 a.m. Merrifield Garden Center's Fair Oaks, 12101 Lee Hwy, Fairfax. MerrifieldGardenCenter.com.

“Amahl and the Night Visitors.” 8 p.m. at George Mason University Harris Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Gian Carlo Menotti’s classic story. $20 adults, $15 students and seniors. 888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu.

Northern Virginia Country Western Dance Association. Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, 10125 Lakehaven Court, Burke. Line dance lessons at 7:30 p.m. Couples specialty dance lessons at 8 p.m. Open dancing 8:30-11 p.m. Two Step, Waltz, line, Swing, Cha Cha and specialty dances. Couples and singles welcome. Admission $5-$12. www.nvcwda.org or 703-860-4941.

Cheerleading Clinic. Paul VI Catholic High School will host a cheerleading clinic from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Campers will learn motions, jumps, cheers, chants, dance, stunts and tumbling and create a short routine for participants to perform at a PVI basketball game. Two age groups: K-3 and 4-8. $50 per student. E-mail pvipanthers@gmail.com to register. Paul VI is located at 10675 Fairfax Blvd. in Fairfax.

<b>Sunday/Dec. 5

</b>The Virginia Opera: Mozart’s “Così Fan Tutte.” 2:30 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.

Lloyd Dobler Effect Holiday Unplugged Show & CD Release, Elizabeth Coyle and Albert Ketler & Chris Brooks at 3 p.m., Our Daily Bread Presents Dave LaMotte at 8 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. jamminjava.com.

Cut-a-thon for Bethany House. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Salon Antoine and Spa, 11092 Lee Highway, #101-A, Fairfax. All of the day’s proceeds will benefit Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Inc., helping women and children who have suffered from domestic violence. Contact Salon Antoine at 703-691-8878 or www.SalonAntoine.com or Bethany House at 703-658-9500 or www.bhnv.org.

World AIDS Day Concert. 5 p.m. Lutheran Church of the Abiding Presence, 6304 Lee Chapel Road, Burke. Sponsored by 25:40, a local non-profit organization dedicated to children in South Africa fighting poverty and AIDS. Free admission. www.2540.org.

Living History Civil War Winter Encampment. Talk to re-enactors from “Fairfax Rifles,” Company D of the 17th Virginia Infantry as they portray Confederate soldiers and civilians in a winter encampment from 12-4 p.m. Hear how the soldiers celebrated Christmas and their thoughts on being away from home for the holidays. Free. Hot cider and cookies will be served. The Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. 703-591-0560.

Main Street Community Band begins its concert season with ‘Tis the Season, a wintry mix of holiday music for the whole family, on Sunday, 4 p.m., p.m. at W. T. Woodson High School Auditorium, 9525 Main Street Fairfax. The program includes music from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah, Holst’s “Christmas Day,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Good King Wence-Salsa!” by Morales, and Bulla’s “Rhapsody for Hanukkah.” Santa Claus will make a special guest appearance. Bring a nonperishable food item to benefit Food for Others. Free. Early admittance for advanced ticket holders begins at 3 p.m. Doors open to the general public at 3:45 p.m. 703-757-0220, info@fairfaxband.org or www.fairfaxband.org.

<b>Monday/Dec. 6

</b>Sparks The Rescue, Amely and You, Me & Everyone We Know. 7:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. jamminjava.com.

<b>Tuesday/Dec. 7

</b>Chad Stokes (of State Radio) & Friends. 8 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. jamminjava.com.

Flutopia. 8 p.m. at George Mason University Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. With flute students from Mason’s School of Music and area high schools. Free. 703-993-8898.

<b>Thursday/Dec. 9

</b>Alex Dezen and Courtney Kaiser. 7:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. jamminjava.com.

<b>Friday/Dec. 10

</b>Waverly Consort’s “A Christmas Story.” 8 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. In the spirit of the medieval church dramas and mystery plays, eight singers and five instrumentalists play reproductions of medieval instruments. $21-$42, youth through grade 12 half price. Tickets available at 888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu.

<b>Saturday/Dec. 11

</b>Synergy Brass Quintet: "Christmas in Brass." 8 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Brass arrangements of Bach's choral works, Handel's triumphant "Messiah" and a selection of classic Christmas carols. $22-$44, youth through grade 12 half price. Tickets available at 888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu.

Saturday/Dec. 11

Lopez Studios, Inc. Annual Christmas Concert. 2:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. jamminjava.com.

Encore Theatrical Arts Project: “Santa Got Frostbite.” 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Northern Virginia Community College Ernst Theatre, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Christmas chaos and fun for the whole family in a Broadway-style, song and dance holiday spectacular. Tickets $18-$21. bonnielhobbs@gmail.com.

Fairfax County TalkStories. 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Fairfax. Sam and Shirley DiBartolo and Larry and Mary Mark on heritage from Italy and Denmark and the history of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.. With the Burke/West Springfield Senior Center Without Walls. corazonfoley@yahoo.com.