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Fall Fun and Entertainment

Mondays and Wednesdays

<cal2>ZUMBA Classes. 7 to 8 p.m. Latin based dance fitness class. The first class is free; afterward it’s $7-$9 per class. At Cornerstone Montessori School, 4455 Brookfield Corporate Drive, Suite 201, Chantilly.

<cal1>Month of October

<cal2>Fields of Fear. Admission is $15. Friday and Saturday nights in October, 7:30 to 11 p.m. For teens and adults wanting a good scare. Visit the Cornightmare, Haunted Library, Hall of Whispers and Claustrophobia. Bonfires, food, games. At Cox Farms, corner of Pleasant Valley Road and Braddock Roads, Centreville. Visit coxfarms.com/Fear.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 8

<cal2>Swing Dancing. 9 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $15. With the band, Sock Drawer Millionaires. Beginner swing lesson from 8:30 to 9 p.m.; dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. At the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel, 13869 Park Center Road (Route 28 near the airport), Herndon.

New Museum Gallery Opens. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. The Robert E. Petersen Gallery (400 guns) will open at the National Firearms Museum. At 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax. Visit NRAmuseum.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 9

<cal2>War of 1812 Muster. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. See soldiers fire their muskets, and then gather with other recruits as a veteran sergeant teaches musket drill. Watch as the Navy exercises the great gun (a six-pounder cannon!) and visit with the ship’s surgeon to find out about early medical practices on land and sea. Members of the Maryland Light Dragoons demonstrate how horses were used in battle. At Sully Historic Site in Chantilly. Cost is $8/adults; $6/children. Call 703-437-1794.

Flea Market. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oakton Baptist Church of Chantilly is sponsoring a flea market for their active church family members. Hot dogs, chips and soda. At Route 50 and Sullyfield Circle in Chantilly.

Ceili Dances. 7 to 11 p.m. Admission is $12/members; $6/youngsters; $25/family. Featuring the Bog Wanderers Ceili Band and Friends. Ceili and Set Dances are called by Marilyn Moore. Teaching session from 7 to 7:30 p.m. At Frying Pan Park Visitors Center, 2739 West Ox Road, Herndon. Call 703-437-9101 or visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp/

<cal1>Oct. 9-10

<cal2>Cox Farms. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Giant slides; unlimited hayrides; rope swings; farm animals and their babies; the Cornundrum Cornfield Adventure; Kiddie Zone for younger kids; straw tunnels; goat village; live entertainment; and a patch pumpkin to take home. The Fall Festival is now open thru Nov. 7, 2010. Hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sept. 25 – Oct. 31, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Nov. 1-7. Admission is $15 on weekends and Columbus Day; $9 on weekdays. At the intersection of Pleasant Valley and Braddock Roads. Visit www.coxfarms.com.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 10

<cal2>Clifton Day. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Now in its 44th year, more than 200 vendors will be selling crafts, jewelry, furniture and fine arts. This year will feature an Oktoberfest with beer, bratwurst, and other Bavarian-style foods. On Main Street in the Town of Clifton. Visit www.cliftonday.com

<cal1>Tuesday/Oct. 12

<cal2>Centreville Stitchers. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting or other needlework crafts and conversation? Join the fun at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville. All levels (adults) welcome. Call Jo at 703-803-0595 or email joknitter@verizon.net.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 13

<cal2>Search for Bats. 7 to 8 p.m. Gather round a campfire and search for bats on the wing. Learn about bat species native to Fairfax County and where they live. Cost is $5/person. At E.C. Lawrence Park, 5040 Walney Road in Chantilly. Call 703-631-0013 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 15

<cal2>Swing Dancing. 9 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $15. With the band, Caz and the Commotions. Beginner swing lesson 8:30 to 9 p.m.; dancing 9 p.m. to midnight. At the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel, 13869 Park Center Road (Route 28 near the airport), Herndon.

<cal1>Oct. 15-17

<cal2>Craftsmen’s Classic Craft Fair. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. At the Dulles Expo Center, at Route 28 and Willard Road in Chantilly.

Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon, Wine & Music Festival. Friday, 1-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Friday and Sunday, $10/person; Saturday, $15/person. Besides the hot air balloons, enjoy crafts, gourmet foods, beer and wine tasting, pumpkins, children’s activities, Virginia giant monster truck rides, antique fire engine display and classic car show. At Long Branch in Clarke County. See http://www.historiclongbranch.com/balloonfest/index.htm.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 16

<cal2>All Hallows Eve. 5 to 7 p.m. Halloween Traditions at Sully Historic Site. “Historic All Hallows Eve” explores traditions that helped form our modern Halloween customs. Admission is $8 per person. Call 703-437-1794. To reserve your spot, call 703-222-4664 or register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes.

Afghan Arts and Culture Festival. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cultural dance performances, poetry readings, fashion show, kite-making and khamak-doozy (embroidery) workshops, various booths displaying Afghan crafts, local Afghan artists’ work, ethnic cuisine, musical performances by Khalil Ragheb, Zekria Sanie, Laila Sanie and much more. Sponsored by Afghan Education for a Better Tomorrow (AEBT). At Bull Run Park in Centreville.

Hooray for Hollywood Gala. 6 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite movie star. Tickets are $25. Chicken stuffed with cranberry dinner with wine. Silent auction and live auction. At St. John’s Episcopal Church, Mt. Gilead Road in the Historic District. Call the church at 703-803-7500.

K-9 Krawl 5K. 8:30 a.m. check-in; 9 a.m. walk begins. A dog walk to increase awareness between domestic violence and link to animal cruelty. At the Fairfax County Government Center, Parking Lot C. Call 703-814-7009 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov.

Fall Game Day. 11 a.m. $2 admission fee. The Northern Virginia Gamers (NOVAG) will host their annual Fall Game Day at the Game Parlor, 13936 Metro Tech Drive, Chantilly. The event will feature games using miniature figures to re-fight historical battles from the American Civil War and World War II. Contact Tim Tilson at 703-273-9436. Visit www.novag.org.

Clifton Barn Dance. 7:30 p.m. Couples $35; singles $25 (adults only). Make checks payable to the CBA and mail to: Linda Diseati, 7590 Maple Branch Rd, Clifton VA 20124. At the Clifton Barn, on Main Street in the Town of Clifton.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 17

<cal2>Art in the Garden Art Show. 1 to 4 p.m. features local artists, including Alan DeFelice (nature and wildlife photographer), Sally Canatsey (landscape oil paintings), Rita LeMasters (portrait artist), Jessica Woodell (jewelry designer) and Jennifer Grinnell (landscape paintings). Music by The McGlones. At Walney Visitor Center, E.C. Lawrence Park, Walney Road, Chantilly. Contact Jennifer Grinnell at brandplanet.net.

Fall Festival. Noon to 5 p.m. Leashed pets welcome. Pony rides, hay rides, games for dogs and kids, local vendors, free giveaways, yard sale, bake sale, open house tours, pet photography, agility demos and more. At Deepwood Veterinary Clinic, 7300 Ordway Road, Centreville. Call 703-631-9133. Contact Katherine Mills at kmills@deepwoodvet.net

Southern Gospel Concert. 6 p.m. Free. The Lawsons from Sterling will perform. At Oakton Baptist Church, corner of Sullyfield Circle and Route 50 in Chantilly. Call 703-631-1799.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 18

<cal2>"Flower Arranging: a Step by Step Guide." 7 p.m. GFWC-Western Fairfax County Woman's Club will host Doug Burroughs, owner of Flower Gallery of Manassas, at the Greenbriar Community Center at 4615 Stringfellow Road. The arrangements will be raffled off and the money will be donated to "Freedom Petals", a non-profit group that provides floral arrangements for wounded warriors at Walter Reed. Call Jackie 703-378-8551.

<cal1>Oct. 20-24

<cal2>Huge Used Book Sale. Over 25,000 used books, fiction and nonfiction, will be offered for sale at rock-bottom prices. A special Preview and Pre-Sale will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. for Friends of the Centreville Library (and those who complete an application to become a Friend). The Used Book Sale will be open to the public on Thursday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Centreville Library. At Centreville Library, 14200 St. Germain Drive, Centreville. Call 703-830-2223 2223 or visit Friendsofcentrevillelibrary.blogspot.com.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 22

<cal2>Swing Dancing. 9 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $15. With the band, Rock and Roll Relics. Beginner swing lesson from 8:30 to 9 p.m.; dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. At the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel, 13869 Park Center Road (Route 28 near the airport), Herndon.

<cal1>Oct. 22-23

<cal2>Haunted House and Wax Museum. 7 to 9 p.m. Hosted by Westfield High School drama students. At 4700 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly.

<cal1>Oct. 22-24

<cal2>Used Book Sale. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. Huge selection of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction books, plus audio/video recordings. Sponsored by Friends of the Chantilly Library. At Chantilly Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. Call 703-502-3883. Or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/events/booksales.htm.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 29

<cal2>Centreville Stitchers. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting or other needlework crafts and conversation? Join the fun at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville. All levels (adults) welcome. Call Jo at 703-803-0595 or email joknitter@verizon.net.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 30

<cal2>Clifton Haunted Trail. 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10. A Halloween tradition in the Town of Clifton’s Eight-Acre Park. Visit www.cliftonhauntedtrail.org. To volunteer, email jpowell32@cox.net.

Homestretch 20th Anniversary Masquerade Gala. 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $195 per person or $1,850 per table of 10. The event will mark the 20th anniversary of Homestretch, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering homeless families from across the region return to stable housing and attain self-sufficiency. At the Washington Dulles Hilton, 13869 Park Center Road, Herndon. Visit http://www.homestretchgala.org.

<cal1>Nov. 3-6

<cal2>“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” Chantilly High School drama department presents the play. At Chantilly High School, Stringfellow Road, Chantilly.

<cal1>Nov. 5-13

<cal2>“It's A Wonderful Life (The Musical).” Evening performances: Nov. 5, 6, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m.; late-afternoon shows: Nov. 7 and 13 at 5 p.m.; At Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 13421 Twin Lakes Road in Clifton. Tickets are $15; reserve them by calling 703-646-5906 or 703-323-5389.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 6

<cal2>Book & Author Luncheon. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $38, including lunch. The American Association of University Women/Fairfax County Chapter will hold their Annual Book & Author Luncheon. At the Country Club of Fairfax, 5110 Ox Road, Fairfax. Proceeds will benefit college scholarships for area women at George Mason University and NOVA. Call 703-273-3445.

<cal1>Tuesday/Nov. 9

<cal2>Centreville Stitchers. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting or other needlework crafts and conversation? Join the fun at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville. All levels (adults) welcome. Call Jo at 703-803-0595 or email joknitter@verizon.net.

<cal1>Nov. 12-14

<cal2>Northern Virginia Christmas Market. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. At Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 13

<cal2>Ceili Dances. 7 to 11 p.m. Admission is $12/members; $6/youngsters; $25/family. Featuring the Bog Wanderers Ceili Band and Friends. Ceili and Set Dances are called by Marilyn Moore. Teaching session from 7 to 7:30 p.m. At Frying Pan Park Visitors Center, 2739 West Ox Road, Herndon. Call 703-437-9101 or visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp/

<cal1>Nov. 18-20

<cal2>”Plaza Suite.” A Neil Simon comedy presented by the drama students at Centreville High School. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 18-20, at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 20 also at 2 p.m. At Centreville High School, Union Mill Road, Clifton.

<cal1>Nov. 19-20

<cal2>”The Philadelphia Story.” Presented by the drama students at Westfield High School. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 19-20, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. At Westfield High School, Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 20

<cal2>St. Timothy Craft Fair. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. At St. Timothy Catholic School, Poplar Tree Road in Chantilly.

<cal1>Nov. 20-21

<cal2>Craft Fair. Fairfax High Holiday Craft Show. Saturday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. At Fairfax High School.

<cal1>Dec. 10-12

<cal2>Sugarloaf Craft Festival. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 10-12; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. At Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 11

<cal2>Ceili Dances. 7 to 11 p.m. Admission is $12/members; $6/youngsters; $25/family. Featuring the Bog Wanderers Ceili Band and Friends. Ceili and Set Dances are called by Marilyn Moore. Teaching session from 7 to 7:30 p.m. At Frying Pan Park Visitors Center, 2739 West Ox Road, Herndon. Call 703-437-9101 or visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp/

<cal1>Tuesday/Dec. 14

<cal2>Centreville Stitchers. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting or other needlework crafts and conversation? Join the fun at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville. All levels (adults) welcome. Call Jo at 703-803-0595 or email joknitter@verizon.net.

<cal1>Thursday/Dec. 23

<cal2>Centreville Stitchers. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting or other needlework crafts and conversation? Join the fun at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville. All levels (adults) welcome. Call Jo at 703-803-0595 or email joknitter@verizon.net.