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Burke & Fairfax Calendar

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<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.

NOVA Community College Green Club Eco Rage. 7:30 p.m. at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, An environmentally friendly dance party. $5 admission, which will go to the participating student clubs to further the movement to improve NOVA's environmental impact. Food provided by the African Caribbean Student Association. nova.greenclub@gmail.com or 703-909 6655.

<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. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Paul VI High School, 10675 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax. Learn motions, jumps, cheers, chants, dance, stunts and tumbling and create a short routine to perform at a PVI basketball game. Age groups K-3 and 4-8. $50. pvipanthers@gmail.com to register.

“The Big Bad Musical.” 12 p.m. the SPACE Performing Arts Center, Old Town Plaza, 3950 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Acting for young people. www.visitfairfax.com.

“25 Ark Lane.” 8 p.m. The SPACE Performing Arts Center, Old Town Plaza, 3950 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Advanced acting for young people. www.visitfairfax.com.

<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. 3 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. jamminjava.com.

Our Daily Bread Presents Dave LaMotte. 8 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Proceeds benefit Our Daily Bread’s Holiday program, matching individuals, businesses and community groups with needy families throughout the Fairfax County area. www.our-daily-bread or 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. 2-4 p.m. The Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. 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. Hear how the soldiers celebrated Christmas and their thoughts on being away from home for the holidays. Free. Hot cider and cookies served. 703-591-0560.

Main Street Community Band: ‘Tis the Season. 4 p.m. at W. T. Woodson High School Auditorium, 9525 Main St., Fairfax. 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 an 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 or www.fairfaxband.org.

Wolftrap’s 42nd Annual Holiday Sing-A-Long. 4 p.m. Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, 1624 Trap Road, Vienna. Led by the United States Marine and a 400-member choir. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted at the entrance for Toys for Tots, but are not required. Free admission. 703-255-1917 or grahamb@wolftrap.org.

Hands on Chanukah Celebration. 1–4 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. “Shalom Sesame,” arts and crafts, a hi-tech game room for ages 8 and up, Chanukah songs and stories, a recyclable Menorah and dreidel making project, moon bounce, face painting, balloon artist and more. Design a fused glass dreidel for an additional fee. Lunch available for purchase. $7-$18. 703-537-3036 or LAdler@jccnv.org.

Fairfax Art League Open House. 5-7 p.m. Old Town Hall, Second Floor gallery, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Featured artists will include Glenda Kirkman, Abol Bahadori, Dixon Vergaray, Kay Burris, Al Marra and Consuela Woodford. Live music by Sior Og, an Irish musical combo headed by Howard Rhile. Refreshments. The Fairfax Art League will offer a 10 percent discount on any artwork purchased over $30 in December. www.fairfaxartleague.com.

“The Big Bad Musical.” 12 p.m. the SPACE Performing Arts Center, Old Town Plaza, 3950 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Acting for young people. www.visitfairfax.com.

“25 Ark Lane.” 4 p.m. the SPACE Performing Arts Center, Old Town Plaza, 3950 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Advanced acting for young people. www.visitfairfax.com.

<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.

Voce Chamber Singers: Home for Christmas. 7:30 p.m. Fairfax Christian Church, 10185 Main St., Fairfax. Christmas carols, classical and contemporary holiday music. $23 adults, $18 seniors, $8 for age 24 and under. Tickets at the door an additional $2. Purchase at www.voce.org/tickets or 703-277-7772.

Bonita Lestina Concert Series. 8 p.m. at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax.The Colombia Flute Choir “Celebrating the Season.” www.visitfairfax.com.

<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.

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.

Wheels to Africa Bicycle Collection. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Pizza Hut at the corner of Route 236 and Prosperity Drive, Fairfax. Wheels to Africa is a nonprofit that collects bicycles for Africa and needy American communities. $10 donation requested with each bicycle to help cover shipping costs. www.wheels-to-africa.org.

<b>Sunday/Dec. 12

</b>Xyra and Mystic Angels. 6 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. jamminjava.com.

Encore Theatrical Arts Project: “Santa Got Frostbite.” 1 p.m. and 4 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.

Holiday and Popular Tunes Concert. 2 p.m. at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Holiday and popular tunes played by Fairfax County Elementary School strings students directed by Maggie Lubinski. This performance is an outreach program for Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center’s temporary exhibition, “City of Fairfax: Celebrating the Arts,” installed through Dec. 30 at Museum and Visitor Center, 10209 Main St. Fairfax. Free. 703-385-8414.

The Holidays at Mason: Believe in Miracles. 7 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. The Mason Symphony Orchestra, University Chorale and University Singers perform selections composed by Alan Silvestri, Glen Ballard and John Rutter. Audience-sing-along. $20 adults, $15 students and seniors. Limited number of free tickets for students with a valid Mason ID. Charge tickets at 888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu.

"A Lamb's Tale." 11 a.m. Jubilee Christian Center, 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. A children's Christmas musical, presented by the Kids Church Ministry. 703-383-1170 or www.jccag.org.

Christmas Bazaar. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the American Legion Auxiliary Post 177, 3939 Oak St., Fairfax. Gifts, jewelry, crafts, wickless candles, bags, baked goods, home decor and more. 703-273-2250.

<b>Monday/Dec. 13

</b>Bert Jansch and Pegi Young. 7:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. jamminjava.com.

<b>Tuesday/Dec. 14

</b>Burke/West Springfield Senior Center Without Walls Christmas Party & Open House. 12-2 p.m. Woods Community Center, 10100 Wards Grove Circle, Burke. corazonfoley@yahoo.com.

Lake Braddock Secondary School Winter Concert. 7:30 p.m. Lake Braddock School, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Music by American composers, directed by Megan Cartwright and Elizabeth Reed. $5. spehrsson@cox.net.

<b>Wednesday/Dec. 15

</b>Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social, Marah “It Came Upon a Midnight Beer” Rock & Roll Christmas Show, Richard Bacchus and more. 8:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. jamminjava.com.

“Merry, Happy…. What?” 7:30 p.m. at the Hub Theatre, 9431 Silver King Court, Fairfax. When Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa roll around Molly always feels left out. No one else celebrates the same holiday that she does. A light-hearted story for the whole family. $10. www.thehubtheatre.org or 703-674-3177.

<b>Thursday/Dec. 16

</b>Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Healthy Heroes. 7 p.m. George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets $15-$28, available at www.ticketmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT. Accessible seating is available for patrons with disabilities at 703-993-3035. www.sesamestreetlive.com.

Decenbersongs with Dan Navarro, Amy Speace, Sally Barris and Jon Vezner. 7:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. jamminjava.com.

“Merry, Happy…. What?” 7:30 p.m. at the Hub Theatre, 9431 Silver King Court, Fairfax. When Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa roll around Molly always feels left out. No one else celebrates the same holiday that she does. A light-hearted story for the whole family. $10. www.thehubtheatre.org or 703-674-3177.