Centreville Regional Library Used Book Sale. The Friends of the Centreville Library will conduct their semi-annual used book sale at the Centreville Library, 14220 St. Germain Dr. A special preview sale will be held on Oct. 18 from 6-8:30 p.m. for members of the Friends of the Centreville Library. An annual membership fee of $15 will be collected from new members beginning at 5:30 p.m. before the preview sale. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Centreville Library and its patrons.
The sale will be open to the public on:
- Oct. 19, Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Oct. 20, Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Oct. 21, Sunday 1-3 p.m.
Chantilly Library Used Book Sale. 10 a.m.-6 p.m on Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Huge selection of adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction books, plus audio/video recordings. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chantilly Regional Library. Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Rd. Call 703-502-3883 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/events.
Through Oct. 31
The Fall Festival at Cox Farms. Hayrides, slides, rope swings, a farm chores play area, animal areas, and food will all be available for the last taste of the fall season. Fields of Fear, Cox Farms’ nighttime adventure, has returned for a fourth year with an expanded, half-mile haunted Cornightmare trail and bigger Dark Side hayride. Fields of Fear is open Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 27. Fields of Fear will also be open on Saturday, Nov. 3. Visit http://fieldsoffear.coxfarms.com/default.aspx.
Fellowship Dinner. 6:30 p.m. Western Fairfax Christian Ministries will be holding its 5th Annual Fellowship Dinner at the Fairview Park Marriott, 3111 Fairview Park Dr. Reservations are required as seating is limited. Adults only. There will be an opportunity to give financially to WFCM. Visit www.wfcmva.org.
Chrysanthemum Show. 2-5 p.m. Hosted by the Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society. At Merrifield Gardens at Fair Oaks, 12101 Lee Hwy. Call 703-968-9600 or visit www.merrifieldgardencenter.com.
Race to Rid Sids 5K Run/Walk & 1K Little Angels Fun Run. There will be entertainment and children’s activities before, during and after the race to include music, snacks, awards, children’s face painting, moon bounces and balloon animals. Register through www.RacetoRidSids.com. The goal is to raise funds for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) research by a team of doctors at the University of Virginia Research Hospital. At Oak Hill Elementary School in Herndon. Visit www.RacetoRidSIDS.com.
Virginia Run Community Yard Sale. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Treasure maps will be given out on the corner of Pleasant Valley and Wetherburn Drive on the morning of the sale. Yard Sales will be held at individual residences within the community. Rain or Shine. Contact Paula Ferrara-Garcia 703-216-6730 or Helaine Newman 703-402-3134.
Flea Market. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Members of Oakton Baptist Church will be having a Flea Market in the church parking lot. The church is located at 14001 Sullyfield Circle & Rt. 50, first stop light East of Route 28.
Chrysanthemum Show. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Hosted by the Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society. At Merrifield Gardens at Fair Oaks, 12101 Lee Hwy. Call 703-968-9600 or visit www.merrifieldgardencenter.com.
Table Top N Gauge Model Train Event. 1-4 p.m. The Northern Virginia NTRAK members will have a T-TRAK (table top) display and running model trains at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum at 11200 Fairfax Station Road. Admission is $3 for adults; $1 for children. Call 703-425-9225 or visit www.fairfax-station.org.
Breast Cancer Awareness Night. 7:15 p.m. Come to the Westfield Girls Volleyball Breast Cancer Awareness Night to watch the girls play for the Cure while contributing to breast health awareness. Wear pink as a sign of support. Attendees will receive a complimentary pink ribbon to wear. Everyone attending this volleyball match will have many opportunities to contribute. Put names on the “Wall of Hope” to honor those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer, by making a $1 donation. At Westfield High School Gymnasium, 4700 Stonecroft Blvd.
“Putting Your Garden to Bed.” 7 p.m. Centreville Garden Club will hold this meeting at Sully Government Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. Visitors welcome. Meetings generally third Monday each month. Visit centrevillegardenclub.blogspot.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 703-830-2942.
Gardening Just for Kids. 10 a.m. This seminar is ideal for kids (ages 6-12) who love to garden and get dirty. Each student will bring home a pumpkin that they’ve planted with flowers. Parents must be present. Pre-registration required. At Merrifield Gardens at Fair Oaks, 12101 Lee Hwy. Call 703-968-9600 or visit www.merrifieldgardencenter.com.
Historic All Hallows Eve. 5-7 p.m. Bring family for a lantern lit tour of the 1794 house and grounds and discover some of the origins of today’s Halloween traditions. $10. Call 703-437-1794 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sully. Sully Historic Site, 3650 Historic Sully Way.
Gospel Concert by the Proclaimers. 6 p.m. No admission. A love offering will be taken. At Oakton Baptist Church, 14001 Sullyfield Circle. Call 703 631-1799.
Party in Pink Zumbathon. 7-9 p.m. Zumba to end breast cancer with a ladies night out. Tickets are $10 and all will be donated to Komen for the Cure. At Cheer Tyme in Chantilly. RSVP to email@example.com Bring mothers and daughters (ages 12 and up) and have a blast.
Annual Marty Shanton Golf Classic for ALS Patients. 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. The tournament, including golf and a dinner with entertainment, costs $225 for individuals, will raise money for research to find a cure for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Westfields Golf Club, 13940 Balmoral Greens Ave. To register for the tournament, sign up online or contact Steve Shanton at 561-670-3625. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
Greenbriar Garden Club. 7:30 p.m. Greenbriar Community Center, 4615 Stringfellow Rd. Barbara Glickman will talk about her new book, “Capital Splendor: Gardens and Parks of Washington, D.C.” Open to public. Contact Diane at 703-378-0994 or Kathy at 703-817-0708.
Stitchers Session. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Centreville Stitchers welcome adults who enjoy knitting, crocheting, or other needlework crafts, and conversation to come to the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr. Admission is free. Contact Jo at 703-803-0595 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haunted Meadow. 7-10 p.m. Children 8 and older are invited to take a wagon ride through the Haunted Meadow at E. C. Lawrence Park. There will also be scary movies to watch. The cost is $6 for children under 12, $8 for adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-631-0013. At Cabell’s Mill in the park at 5235 Walney Rd.
Layered Gardening. 10 a.m. David Culp will share his design techniques for color and interest throughout the year. He’ll also autograph copies of his new book, “The Layered Garden.” At Merrifield Gardens at Fair Oaks, 12101 Lee Hwy. Call 703-968-9600 or visit www.merrifieldgardencenter.com.
VolunteerFest®. An area-wide day of community service held in conjunction with national “Make a Difference Day” that mobilizes hundreds of volunteers to help nonprofits accomplish tasks that they would not have the time or resources to do on their own. Most projects begin mid-morning and end around lunch time. Projects take place throughout Northern Virginia at schools, libraries, parks and nonprofit organizations. Visit www.volunteerfairfax.org.
Fundraising Event. 2:30-6:30 p.m. The Humane Society of Fairfax County is having its annual fundraiser at Paradise Springs Winery, 13219 Yates Ford Rd. Bring the whole family — children and costumed dogs — for a day in the country with food, wines, vendors, music and silent auction. Discounted tickets are available on the website ($35) or at the door ($45). Visit www.hsfc.org.
Saturday & Sunday/Nov. 3 & 4
Pumpkin Madness at Cox Farms. Pumpkin Madness will once again serve as the grand finale to this year's festivities. Pumpkins will be launched, dropped from a high-lift crane, smashed, bashed, hurled, and trashed during two days of fun. Guests can bring pumpkins from home and choose a squashing method of their choice. Besides, hayrides, slides, rope swings, a farm chores play area, animal areas, and food will all be available for that last taste of the fall season. Visit www.coxfarms.com.
Monday & Tuesday/Nov. 5 & 6
Fall Festival at Cox Farms. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Fall Festival will open these bonus days. This year’s bonus days fall on teacher workdays for local kids and Election Day. Visit www.coxfarms.com.
Author Discussion. 7:30 p.m. Author Don Hakenson will discuss his manuscript, "This Forgotten Land: A Tour of Civil War Sites & Other Historical Landmarks South of Alexandria, VA" at a Civil War Forum at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. Free and open to the public. The Railroad Museum is located at 11200 Fairfax Station Rd. Call 703-425-9225 or visit www.fairfax-station.org.
25th anniversary of Mall-O-Ween. 6-8 p.m. Most of Fair Oaks’ 200 stores, services and dining options will treat from their storefronts while also providing sampling and coupon treats for those accompanying trick-or-treaters. Free and open to the public. Fair Oaks Mall (Immediately off I-66 at Route 50, Lee Jackson Memorial Parkway) Visit www.ShopFairOaksMall.com.
Christmas Floral Designs. 10 a.m. Learn how to make beautiful and creative holiday arrangements with artificial greens, flowers and berries. At Merrifield Gardens at Fair Oaks, 12101 Lee Hwy. Call 703-968-9600 or visit www.merrifieldgardencenter.com.
Decorating with Holiday Greens. 10 a.m. Learn how to bring the beauty and fragrance of the holiday season indoors with fresh cut pine, holly, cedar, boxwood, magnolia and other plants. Peg Bier will share her ideas and displays. At Merrifield Gardens at Fair Oaks, 12101 Lee Hwy. Visit www.merrifieldgardencenter.com.
Toys for Tots Event. The Ed Lang Team and Re/Max Premier will be hosting their Annual Toys for Tots Charity Movie Event at the Centreville Multiplex theatres. The event is free to local residents with the donation of at least one unwrapped new toy per guest. This charity event has brought in over 10,000 gifts for the Toys for Tots Foundation over the past 15+ years. There is a broad base of support for the event; some of the past sponsors and participants include the Marines, Girl Scout Troops, Rocky Run Middle School Band and Choir, St. Timothy’s Conquest Boys Clubs, and many local community member volunteers.