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Fairfax Station, Lorton, Clifton & Springfield Calendar

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<b>Thursday/July 7

</b>Reptile Wonders. 7 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Meet and learn about these animals with Reptile Wonders’ Nature Center on the Go. Age 6-12. 703-249-1520.

What in the World. 2:30 p.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Magic and mystery from around the globe with magician Mike Rose. Age 6-12. 703-971-0010.

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

Be Your Own Boss. 7 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Mike Rose show how to make money by starting a small business. Age 12-18. 703-451-8055.

<b>Saturday/July 9

</b>Cocker Spaniel Adoption Show. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Springfield Petsmart, 6535 Frontier Drive, Springfield. Meet cockers of all ages available for adoption. All dogs are spayed or neutered. Volunteers will help potential adopters find a good match and answer questions. Sponsored by Oldies But Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue. 703-533-2373 or www.cockerspanielrescue.com.

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.

Henny and IV, High Society Music Group, Breezy-J and more. 6:30 p.m. Jaxx Nightclub, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. All ages. $10 in advance, $12 day of show. www.jaxxroxx.com.

Friends Book Sale. 10 a.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Gems and finds for all readers. 703-339-4610.

<b>Monday/July 11

</b>What in the World. 10:30 a.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Magic and mystery from around the globe with magician Mike Rose. Age 6-12. 703-339-4610.

<b>Tuesday/July 12

</b>Soundgarden. 7:30 p.m. George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Frontman Chris Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron are reuniting for a summer tour. Tickets $59.50, available at www.ticketmaster.com and 703-573-SEAT. www.soundgardenworld.com or www.patriotcenter.

The Magic of Hans Christian Andersen. 2:30 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Applause Unlimited presents “The Ugly Duckling,” “Thumbelisa,” and “The Emperor's New Clothes” told with puppets and masks. All ages. 703-249-1520.

Beginning Beadwork and Jewelrymaking. 7 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Move beyond the basics and create dangles, twisted wire and layered work with beads, wire and findings. Presented by Whispering Eden’s Shannyn Snyder. Teens. 703-339-4610.

Second Tuesday Book Discussion Group. 7 p.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and the Journey of a Generation, by Sheila Weller. Adults. 703-339-4610.

<b>Wednesday/July 13

</b>Play Ball. 2:30 p.m. Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. The Maryland Science Center helps kids discover the science in sports. Age 6 – 12. 703-339-7385.

Toddler Time. 10:30 a.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Early literacy storytime. Age 13-23 months, one adult per child. 703-971-0010.

English Conversation Group. 10:15 p.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 Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz. Meet next door at Kingstowne Center for Active Adults. Adults. 703-339-4610.

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.

<b>Thursday/July 14

</b>Children of Bodom, Devin Townsend Project, Obscura, Septic Flesh and more. 7 p.m. Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $27 advance, $30 at the door. 703-569-5940 or www.jaxxroxx.com.

English Conversation Group. 7 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Practice English and improve your English speaking skills. Adults. 703-249-1520.

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

<b>Friday/July 15

</b>The David Kitchen Band. 7 p.m. Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria. Pop rock. 703-324-SHOW.

Children of Bodom, Devin Townsend Project, Obscura, Septic Flesh and more. 7 p.m. Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $27 advance, $30 at the door. 703-569-5940 or www.jaxxroxx.com.

Lunch Bunnies. 12 p.m. Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Bring lunch, enjoy stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. 703-339-7385.

Lunch Bunch. 12 p.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Bring lunch and join us for stories. Age birth-5 with adult. 703-971-0010.

<b>Saturday/July 16

</b>First Blood: Battle of Blackburn’s Ford. 2 p.m. Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. Talk by historian Mark Trbovich. Free. 703-591-6728.

Latin Pop Rock group Maná. 8 p.m. George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets are $55-$91, available at www.ticketmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT. www.mana.com.mx.

Drawing 1: Make Your Mark. 2:30 p.m. Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Learn to draw or improve your skills with artist Lydia Bratton. Age 12–18. 703-339-7385.

A World Away, The Right Condition, Within Wolves, Eyes On Chelsea, 1Alliance and ZeroShift. 4 p.m. Jaxx Nightclub, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Contact Info@outerlooppresents.com to play. All ages. $10 in advance, $12 day of show. www.jaxxroxx.com.

Reptile Wonders. 2:30 p.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Meet and learn about these animals with Reptile Wonders’ Nature Center on the Go. Age 6-12. 703-971-0010.

Fiesta! 2:30 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Join Cantaré on a musical journey through Latin America. Preschool. 703-451-8055.

<b>Sunday/July 17

</b>Canine Cruises. 6 p.m. Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield. Cruise on the Park’s dog-friendly pontoon boat while your dog scans for ducks, geese, and other lake dwellers. $6 per person, no charge for the dog. One dog per person limit. Reservations and pre-payment required. 703-222-4664 or www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/.

Northern Virginia NTRACK. 1-4 p.m. Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Members will have a display and N gauge trains running. $3 adults, $1 children. www.fairfax-station.org or 703-425-9225.

The Scream It Like You Mean It Battle of the Bands. 4 p.m. Jaxx Nightclub, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Featuring I Am Averna. Contact Info@outerlooppresents.com to play. All ages. $10 in advance, $12 day of show. www.jaxxroxx.com.

<b>Monday/July 18

</b>Jammin' Beach Party. 10:30 a.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Cody & Bj take you to a musical beach party with surfing, limbo, singing and dancing. All ages. 703-249-1520.

Preschool Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Stories, songs and fingerplays. Age 2-5 with adult. 703-339-4610.

Paint & Personalize a Mug. 2:30 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Presented by Clay Café Studios. Glazed and fired mugs will be returned to the library two weeks later. Age 12-18. 703-451-8055.

<b>Wednesday/July 20

</b>Science Spectacular. 10:30 a.m. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. See fog rings, bubbling potions, a voice changer and more with wacky scientist Eric Energy. Age 6-12. 703-971-0010.

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