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Fairfax Station, Lorton, Clifton & Springfield Calendar

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. 6

</b>Practice Your English. 7 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Conversation group for adults learning English. 703-339-4610.

<b>Friday/Jan. 7

</b>Apex Booking Presents: Wings of Apollo, Clocks Strikes XII and More. 5 p.m. Jaxx Nightclub, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $10 advance, $12 at the door. www.Jaxxroxx.com.

U.S. Navy Concert Band. 8 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Free. 888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu.

Professional Bull Riders Tour. 7:30 p.m. at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets $20-$65. Age 2-12 years old, excluding top price seats are $10. Available through www.ticketmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT.

<b>Saturday/Jan. 8

</b>2nd Saturday Art Walk. 6-9 p.m. Workhouse Art Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. Meet each building's featured artist, a reception in W-16 from 6-7 p.m. and more. www.WorkhouseArts.org.

Outerloop Presents: Battle For Ice Jam and More. 5:15 p.m. Jaxx Nightclub, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $10 advance, $12 at the door. www.Jaxxroxx.com.

U.S. Navy Band Commodores. 8 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Free. 888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu.

Professional Bull Riders Tour. 7:30 p.m. at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets $20-$65. Age 2-12 years old and excluding top price seats $10. Available through www.ticketmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT.

Paws to Read. 11 a.m. Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Practice reading aloud with a therapy dog. Age 6-12. Register at 703-339-7385.

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.

<b>Sunday/Jan. 9

</b>U.S. Marine Band. 2 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Free. 888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu.

<b>Monday/Jan. 10

</b>Marvelous Mittens! 11 a.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Stories and activities about mittens and winter weather. Tickets distributed 30 minutes before program begins. Age 3-5 with adult. 703-249-1520.

Book Bunch. 3:30 p.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Book discussion. Call for title. Age 7-8 with adult. 703-971-0010.

Life Under the Snow and Ice. 2:30 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Learn about life hidden in a frozen world of snow and ice. Presented by the staff of Hidden Pond Nature Center. Age 6-12. 703-451-8055.

Happy Birthday, Princess Priscilla! 10:30 a.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Celebrate the birthday of the branch bear with stories, songs and fun! Age 24 months-3 years with adult. Registration not required; tickets distributed beginning 30 minutes before the event. 703-339-4610.

Read to the Dog. 4:30 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Read to a reading therapy dog. Age 6-12 with adult. Register at 703-339-4610.

<b>Tuesday/Jan. 11

</b>English Conversation Group. 7 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Practice and improve English. Adults. 703-451-8055.

Second Tuesday Book Group. 6:45 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. The Smart Swarm by Peter Miller. Visit secondtuesdaybookgroup.blogspot.com. Adults. 703-339-4610.

<b>Wednesday/Jan. 12

</b>Toddler Time. 10:30 a.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Early literacy storytime. One age 13-23 months per adult. 703-971-0010.

Bearly There. 4 p.m. Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Stories, songs and fingerplay about bears. Age 4-5 with adult. 703-339-7385.

Practice Your English. 10:15 a.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Conversation group for adults learning English. 703-339-4610.

Older Adults Book Group. 2 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown. Meet next door at Kingstowne Center for Active Adults (KNCAA.) Cosponsored by KNCAA. 703-339-4610.

<b>Thursday/Jan. 13

</b>Preschool Storytime. 2 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Storytime for age 4-5 with adult. Registration not required; tickets distributed beginning 30 minutes before the event. 703-339-4610.

Practice Your English. 7 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Conversation group for adults learning English. 703-339-4610.

<b>Friday/Jan. 14

</b>“Willy Wonka Jr.” 7:30 p.m. at the New Hope Church, 8905 Ox Road, Lorton. Northern Virginia Players present Roald Dahl’s story of the famous candy maker. $10 in advance or $12 at the door. 703-866-3546 or www.nvplayers.com.

<b>Saturday/Jan. 15

</b>“Willy Wonka Jr.” 7:30 p.m. at the New Hope Church, 8905 Ox Road, Lorton. Northern Virginia Players present Roald Dahl’s story of the famous candy maker. $10 in advance or $12 at the door. 703-866-3546 or www.nvplayers.com.

Outerloop Presents: Lakeview CD Release Show and More. 5 p.m. Jaxx Nightclub, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $10 advance, $12 at the door. www.Jaxxroxx.com.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. With violinist Chee-Yun and works by Bernstein, Walton and more. Tickets $25-$55, available at 888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu.

<b>Sunday/Jan. 16

</b>Opening Reception for the 3rd Annual New Works: Faculty, Students & Staff Exhibition. 2-4 p.m. at the Workhouse Art Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. Original artwork created by The Workhouse Institute's faculty and students. www.WorkhouseArts.org.

Washington, Virginia & Maryland Garden Gauge Train Display (G Gauge). 1-4 p.m. at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Members will have running train displays. Adults $3, children $1. 703-425-9225 or www.fairfax-station.org.

<b>Tuesday/Jan. 18

</b>English Conversation Group. 7 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Practice and improve English. Adults. 703-451-8055.

<b>Wednesday/Jan. 19

</b>Paws for Reading. 4:30 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Practice reading skills with a trained therapy dog. Age 6-12. Register at 703-249-1520.

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.

Read with Me. 10:30 a.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Storytime with activities. Age 1-2 with adult. 703-451-8055.

Practice Your English. 10:15 a.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Conversation group for adults learning English. 703-339-4610.

<b>Thursday/Jan. 20

</b>Book Discussion Group. 7 p.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. “The Hemingses of Monticello” by Annette Gordon-Reed. Discussion will continue at February meeting. Adults. 703-971-0010.

Springfield Writers' Group. 7 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Give and receive feedback in a supportive setting. Adults. 703-451-8055.

Lorton Book Club. 7 p.m. Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. “The Way Through the Woods” by Colin Dexter. Adults. 703-339-7385.

Practice Your English. 7 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Conversation group for adults learning English. 703-339-4610.

<b>Friday/Jan. 21

</b>“Willy Wonka Jr.” 7:30 p.m. at the New Hope Church, 8905 Ox Road, Lorton. Northern Virginia Players present Roald Dahl’s story of the famous candy maker. $10 in advance or $12 at the door. 703-866-3546 or www.nvplayers.com.

<b>Saturday/Jan. 22

</b>“Willy Wonka Jr.” 7:30 p.m. at the New Hope Church, 8905 Ox Road, Lorton. Northern Virginia Players present Roald Dahl’s story of the famous candy maker. $10 in advance or $12 at the door. 703-866-3546 or www.nvplayers.com.

Perú Negro With Eva Ayllón: “Festejo”. 8 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. A group of more than 30 dancers and musicians performs the rhythms, sounds and movements propagated along Peru’s coast by African slaves, joined by singer Eva Ayllón. Tickets $23-$46, available at 888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu.