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Center View Calendar: Sept. 20, 2012

Saturday/Sept. 22

Southern Gospel Concert. 6 p.m. By Pastor Charles Wood and Mount Calvary Choir at Oakton Baptist Church, 14001 Sullyfield Circle. Call 703 631-1799. No Admission. A free will offering will be received.

Back To School Cabaret. 7:30 p.m. Westfield High's Theatre Department presents a Back To School Cabaret. Tickets are $8 at the door. Directed by Lori Knickerbocker, the action-packed show will feature songs, dances, and scenes from Broadway shows. 4700 Stonecroft Blvd.

Saturday and Sunday/Sept. 22 and 23

“Rally for Roses.” 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Potomac Rose Society and Arlington Rose Foundation will host the Colonial District Rose Show and Competition at Merrifield Gardens at Fair Oaks, 12101 Lee Hwy. Free. Call 703-371-9351 or www.arlingtonrose.org or www.potomacrose.org.

Sunday/Sept. 23

Book Signing. 10 a.m.-noon. The Clifton Café will host the signing of a new historical novel, Madness: The War of 1812 by Dennis Byrne. The Clifton Café is located at 7144 Main St. Visit www.cliftoncafe.com or call 703-830-2424.

Thursday/Sept. 27

Homeschool Days at Sully. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Children will visit stations focusing on different aspects of daily life – the open hearth kitchen, schoolroom, games in the yard, slave life, and textiles. Hands-on fun and learning centers are designed to enrich the understanding of late 18th century life in Fairfax County. Children should bring a lunch and picnic on the grounds. This program is open to both groups and individuals. Reservations are required by Sept. 17. Call 703-437-1794. $8 per child, $4 per adult. Call 703-437-1794, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sully.

Free Needlework Session. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Centreville Stitchers welcome adults who enjoy knitting, crocheting, or other needlework crafts, and conversation. The Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr. Contact Jo at 703-803-0595 or email joknitter@verizon.net.

Saturday/Sept. 29

FX Live. 6 p.m. Families will experience Biblical truths communicated through special effects and illustrative interaction. At Centreville Baptist Church, 15100 Lee Hwy. Contact Marlene Hale at 703-830-3333 x 105 or marlene.hale@cbcva.org.

Bulbs, Annuals and Perennials. 10 a.m. Peg Bier, Merrifield Plant and Design Specialist, will combine bulbs, which need to be planted this fall, with annuals and perennials for long-lasting displays of coordinated color and interest. At Merrifield Gardens at Fair Oaks, 12101 Lee Hwy. Call 703-968-9600 or visit www.merrifieldgardencenter.com.

Casino Night. 7-11 p.m. A Forever Home Rescue Foundation is hosting its second annual Casino Night and Silent Auction at the Westfields Marriott, 14750 Conference Center Dr. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at www.aforeverhome.org or 703-961-8690.

Saturday/Oct. 6

Historic Civil War Tour. Tour of Blackburn Battlefield, sections of Confederate Military Railroad, the historic residence of Mount Gilead, the Stuart-Mosby Museum, St. John Episcopal Church and Cemetery and Confederate earthworks in and around Centreville. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Transportation will be by caravan from the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum at 11200 Fairfax Station Road in Fairfax Station. Wear good walking shoes. $25 for Museum members; $30 non-members; $10 children up to 14. Contact John at 703-978-3371.

Curb Appeal. 10 a.m. Join Seth Warner, Merrifield Landscape Designer, and learn about trees and shrubs to provide structure and year-round interest and colorful annuals and perennials to add seasonal splashes of color. At Merrifield Gardens at Fair Oaks, 12101 Lee Hwy. Call 703-968-9600 or visit www.merrifieldgardencenter.com.

Sunday/Oct. 7

Clifton Day. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The family-friendly fun includes crafts, food, antiques, jugglers, bagpipe players, unicyclists, music, pony rides, civil war reenactments and children’s activities. Visit www.cliftonday.com.

Friday/Oct. 12

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.

Saturday/Oct. 13

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.

Sunday/Oct. 14

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.

Saturday/Oct. 20

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.

Friday/Oct. 26

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.

Saturday/Oct. 27

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.

Saturday/Nov. 17

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.

Saturday/Dec. 1

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.