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The Beauty of Wood. Now thru March 2. At Artists’ Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill Street, Occoquan. The Artists’ Undertaking Gallery presents “The Beauty of Wood”. This exhibit features photography and digital paintings by David and Jane Ernst of Springfield, and wooden boxes by Jon Kaufman of Fairfax Station. A Meet the Artists Reception will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact the gallery at 703-494-0584 or at email@example.com. Visit the website www.artistsundertaking.com
Funday Monday. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays now thru March. At Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Play, paint, sing and dance at Funday Monday in the City of Fairfax. This season they are bringing back My Gym to help everyone move and play together, Oh Susannah! with her guitar to sing some old songs and have just as much fun with new ones, and Good Gollie it’s Mollie will be coming ‘round with more games and playtime fun. They would like to welcome some new friends as well like Drew Blue Shoes, a magician whose magic will leave you mystified and a kids’ nature puppet show will come to teach us about the jungle in our backyard. This season they have the local animal shelter and local Spanish emersion group Mi Chu Chu Train coming with specially made programs. Visit the website:
St. James Intramural High School Basketball League. Now thru March 10. At the St. James Sports, Wellness and Entertainment Complex, 6805 Industrial Road, Springfield. The St. James invites you to participate in its Middle School Basketball League for Boys & Girls (8th to 12th grade), Now thru March 10, in the new 33,000 square foot Basketball Courthouse on four high school regulation sized courts. The TSJ Intramural High School Basketball League registration fee is $250 per player and $600 per team. All games are officiated and statistics provided. The TSJ Intramural High School Basketball league also includes a Playoff round where top teams in the league will meet. Visit https://www.thestjames.com/sports/basketball/sessions/8/courses/tsj-basketball-winter-team or contact Alpha or Pele with any questions at 703-239-6841.
Now thru March 30
Monday Exercise Classes. 9:30-10:30 a.m. At Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke offers exercise classes for older adults designed to build strength and improve balance and flexibility. All levels of ability are welcome. Call the SCFB office, 703-426-2824, for class information.
Now thru May 27
Wednesday Exercise Classes. 9-10 a.m. At The Lutheran Church of the Abiding Presence, 6304 Lee Chapel Road, Burke. Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke offers exercise classes for older adults designed to build strength and improve balance and flexibility. All levels of ability are welcome. Call the SCFB office, 703-426-2824, for class information. (20 weeks @$2.50/class = $50)
Now thru Feb. 29
Fairfax City Golden Ticket. 12 p.m. Fairfax City's Economic Development Authority has partnered with the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce to host the 2nd Annual Fairfax City Golden Ticket contest in support of the 2020 Chocolate Lovers Festival. The Fairfax City Golden Ticket Contest features three golden tickets hidden within 1,200 chocolate bars made by local chocolatier Cameron's Coffee & Chocolates. The chocolate bars are available for purchase at participating Fairfax City businesses beginning Jan. 31 for $3 each while supplies last. The contest offers three lucky winners who find the golden tickets a Chocolate Lovers gift basket featuring chocolate and items from participating Fairfax City businesses valued at $200. To purchase a Golden Ticket chocolate bar, visit any of the businesses listed at fairfaxcityconnected.com/goldenticket2020.
Now thru April 3
Friday Exercise Classes. 9:30-10:30 a.m. At Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke offers exercise classes for older adults designed to build strength and improve balance and flexibility. All levels of ability are welcome. Call the SCFB office, 703-426-2824, for class information. (8 weeks, $20).
Feb. 19 to March 29
The Color Green. At Torpedo Factory Artists at Mosaic, 105 District Ave., Fairfax. In celebration of an early spring and St. Patrick’s Day, Torpedo Factory artists are tackling one of nature's most ubiquitous colors, green. In its newest exhibit simply titled, Green, the gallery is presenting a selection of original paintings, photographs, jewelry, scarves, ceramics and more, that reflect its various artists’ interpretations of the color. Torpedo Factory artists are chosen through a rigorous jurying process and enjoy a high degree of acclaim, both locally and nationally. Savvy shoppers know Torpedo Factory Artists @ Mosaic as a place not only to enjoy fine art but also as a great place to purchase art at affordable prices.
Henna Workshop. 6-7 p.m. At Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Learn the history and art of henna design with local henna artist Anita Kundal. Attendees will learn how to use Henna tubes and create their own design. Materials provided by Pohick Regional Library. Free. Visit the website:
18th-Century Game Night. 6-9 p.m. At George Mason’s Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton. Guests are invited to delve into the past and discover the origin story of games like Life, Craps, and Poker. Finger foods and seasonal adult beverages are part of this 21+ evening event. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.gunstonhall.org or at the door. Cost: $35; $25 for members.
Indoor Yard Sale. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. At St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 6509 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. The youth group has been collecting items for weeks and will have a huge indoor yard sale to benefit their youth activities at church. Please come support them and find some treasure. Visit the website: www.standrews.net
Off the Wall. 2-5 p.m. At the Art and Design Building, GMU Fairfax Campus, Fairfax. Every year GMU opens its Art and Design Building to alumni, parents, prospective students, and the public for a showcase of the visual arts at Mason. Tour 15 open studios and hands-on exhibits with student and faculty artists, enjoy the music, plus create your own works of art - it's a great party. Cost is $30/regular; $20/Mason alumni, faculty and staff; $10/ages 14-18. Ticket and sponsorship proceeds support arts scholarships and guest artist residencies. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $500. Contact Emily Rusch at 703-993-3872 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website: offthewall.gmu.edu.
Peace, Love & Art. 6:30-10:30 p.m. At Workhouse Art Center, 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton. Fundraiser for Workhouse; tickets are $90/door. Psychedelic cocktails and delicious nibbles; dancing Woodstock-style and casino games; hippie and groovy outfits encouraged. Artwork for raffle.
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. 8 p.m. At GMU Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. Celebrating their Jubilee 100th concert season, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (NSOU) presents a concert of Eastern European delights, including a showpiece for cello by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius’ first symphony which displays his unique Nordic style as well as his admiration for Tchaikovsky, and Ukrainian composer Borys Lyatoshynsky’s symphonic ballade composed as a tribute to the Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz on the centenary of his death. Considered one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe, NSOU has achieved international recognition with its extensive touring schedule and more than 100 acclaimed recordings, including Lyatoshynsky’s Symphonies No. 2 and No. 3 named The Best Recording of the Year by the Australian Broadcasting Company. Under the direction of Volodymyr Sirenko, the orchestra is joined by world-renowned cellist Natalia Khoma as the featured soloist. Tickets are $60, $51, $36. Visit the website: https://cfa.gmu.edu/
Hands On Day Activities. 1-4 p.m. At Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Hands On Days, suitable for both adults and children, feature a variety of educational activities involving history and train modeling. Mini-workshops or activities focusing on artifact restoration and preservation might also be featured. Cost of crafts or materials for Hands On Day activities are included in the price of admission. Admission: Museum members and ages 4 and under, free; ages 5-12, $3; ages 13 and older, $5; seniors 65 and older and military both active and retired, $4. Visit the website www.fairfax-station.org or call 703-425-9225.
BHS General Meeting. 3:30-5 p.m. At Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Sara Collini, a Ph.D. candidate in history at GMU, shares her research on enslaved women’s role as midwives in Fairfax County and the Chesapeake from 1750 to 1820. Free. Visit the website: www.burkehistoricalsociety.org
Postcards: Musical Journey. 4-5:30 p.m. At Lanier Middle School, Auditorium, 3801 Jermantown Road, Fairfax. If you’re tired of being cooped up inside or looking up at gray skies, then come join us for an afternoon of music that is sure to lift your spirits! Included on the program are ‘Kilimanjaro – an African Portrait,’ by Robert Washburn, filled with a captivating rhythmic vitality and strong musical textures and ‘Baba Yetu,’ the Grammy Award winning piece written for the video game Civilization IV. Cost is $10/$5. Visit the website:
Dance Benefit Concert. 6 p.m. At Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax. The Fairfax Academy Dancers are producing a dance benefit concert for the second year. This year’s benefactor is The Multiple Sclerosis Society. Dances from the Academy Classes as well as groups from the community will be presented. Some participating organizations are Glen Echo Improvisation Movement Theatre, enVISIon from Georgetown Visitation, Nrityanjali, Manassas Youth Ballet, Sundays on TAP, and more. Suggested donation $20.
Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band Concert. 8 p.m. At GMU Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Dr, Fairfax. The George Mason University Wind Symphony, led by composer-conductor Mark Camphouse is a select ensemble comprised of outstanding wind, brass, and percussion players in the School of Music and the University. The ensemble’s mission is to study and perform the best literature available for wind band, while emphasizing soloistic and orchestral performance practice. The Wind Symphony ranks among the finest collegiate wind bands in the Commonwealth and performs the best of new band literature. Programs include world premieres of student and faculty compositions, student and faculty soloists, and more traditional repertoire. Tickets are $12 adults; $8 seniors; $5 youth through grade 12. Visit the website: https://cfa.gmu.edu/
Mason Jazz Festival. Begins 10 a.m. At Harris Theatre, GMU, 4471 Aquia Creek Lane, Fairfax. The Mason Jazz Festival is an invitational event open to middle school, high school, collegiate and community Jazz ensembles. Sponsored by Mason Jazz Studies, National Jazz Workshop and the Jazz Education Network, participating groups will perform a 20-30 minute set, followed by a clinic by Mason Jazz faculty and special guests. The participation fee is $200 per ensemble and spots are limited. Closing festival performance will be the United States Air Force, Airmen of Note at 7 p.m. All performances are free and open to the public – no tickets or registration required. This festival will include three “Outstanding Soloist” (cash prizes) and four “Best Section” awards as well as scholarships to the National Jazz Workshop summer camp at Mason.
NPR’s From the Top. 8 p.m. At GMU Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Dr, Fairfax. Attend a live recording of this popular NPR radio show, featuring the acclaimed piano duo Anderson and Roe as guest hosts. From the Top celebrates the stories, talents, and character of America’s best pre-collegiate classically-trained musicians. It began as an experiment in 2000 and quickly grew to become the most popular weekly one-hour classical music program on public radio. It delights both seasoned classical listeners and new classical music fans alike. With a mission to empower young musicians and inspire music lovers, From the Top showcases the extraordinary gifts and stories of the young musicians. Guest hosts Greg Anderson (a From the Top alum himself) and Elizabeth Joy Roe will emcee the program and perform alongside the young artists. Following the performances, the featured young artists discuss balancing their musical passions and dedication to their craft around school, hobbies and full family schedules. Visit the website: https://cfa.gmu.edu/
Feb. 29 and March 1
Monty’s Trains Special LEGO Model Train Show. 12-4 p.m. At Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Local modeling enthusiast, Monty Smith, will share his LEGO (R) model train layouts in a special two day event. Admission: Museum members and ages 4 and under, free; ages 5-12, $3; ages 13 and older, $5; seniors 65 and older and military, both retired and active, $4. Visit the website www.fairfax-station.org, or call 703-425-9225.
Hot Peas ‘n Butter. 1 p.m. At GMU Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. Praised by the Los Angeles Times for their “hot and mellow multicultural groove,” Hot Peas ‘n Butter will have you and your whole family on their feet dancing with their infectiously fun global music celebration. This Parent Choice Award-winning, family music ensemble blends together traditional Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, bluegrass, country, and rock to create a “rainbow of color and sound.” (NY 1 TV). Singing in English, Spanish, French, Korean and Hebrew, Hot Peas ‘n Butter aims to show multi-cultural interconnectedness. Their repertoire of songs like Number 1” and their signature Latin beat tracks “Somos Familia,” “Amistad,” “Que Llueva,” and “Round the World” enjoy radio play nationwide. Cost is $15 for adults; $10 for children. Visit the website: www.cfa.gmu.edu
Catholic Schools Job Fair. 9-11 a.m. At Paul VI High School, 10675 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax. The Catholic Diocese of Arlington’s Office of Catholic Schools will hold a job fair seeking to fill up to 150 teaching positions. Positions are open in preschools, elementary, middle and high schools. The Diocese has 37 parish (K-8) schools, four diocesan high schools, four independent Catholic schools and five free-standing (not connected with a parish school) pre-schools, serving more than 17,000 students. For more information, contact Mallory Sigmon at 703-841-2519 or visit https://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholic-schools/careers/.
Teen Job Fair. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. At Woodson High School 9525 Main Street, Fairfax. Focused on students and younger job seekers looking for a variety of employment opportunities; full time, after-school, seasonal positions, internship opportunities, and volunteer positions. Sponsored by Supervisor Pat Herrity, Supervisor Dalia Palchik, Supervisor James Walkinshaw, Woodson High School, Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.
Wilderness Walk. 1-3 p.m. At Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station. Take a walk on the wild side with the “Burke Lake Wilderness Walk” for participants age 12 to adult. Explore the wilderness area of the park as you visit two old home sites and two vernal pools with a naturalist. Learn about the park's natural and cultural history. Moderate walking is required. The cost is $15 per person. Call 703-323-6600.
Teen Job Fair. 2 to 4 p.m. At South County High School, 8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton. These events focused on students and younger job seekers looking for a variety of employment opportunities; full time, after-school, seasonal positions, internship opportunities, and volunteer positions. Sponsored by Supervisor Pat Herrity, Supervisor Dan Storck, South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, South County Federation, and South County High School.
Geocaching Workshop 2 to 4 p.m. At Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station. For ages 8 to adult. Learn how to use hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) units to locate hidden caches within Burke Lake Park. Follow latitude and longitude coordinates to find a hidden object, container or unique geological feature. Bring your own GPS; a limited number are available to borrow from the instructor at class. The program cost is $22 per person. Call 703-323-6600.
Russian National Ballet: ”Romeo & Juliet” / “Carmen.” 8 p.m. At GMU Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. With lush music and exquisite grace, the Russian National Ballet returns to the Center to perform two of the world's greatest ballets: Romeo and Juliet together with Carmen. Both ballets express the torments of love. Young love, bursting with exhilarating passion, is at the heart of Romeo and Juliet, with the perilous fate for the star-crossed lovers. While with Carmen, it is unrequited love, burning with obsession that is at the center of this beautifully tragic ballet. Under the direction of the legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko, the company brings both timeless classics to life, articulating the nuances of love through expressive dance, elegant costumes, and lavish sets. Cost is $56, $48, $34. Visit the website: www.cfa.gmu.edu
Stargazing and S’Mores. 8:30-10 p.m. At Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, Burke. Set your sights on the stars and warm up inside and out with s’mores by a roaring campfire at Burke Lake Park. Participants age 3 to adult can take a stroll along the lakeshore while learning about the constellations, their stories and other night-sky features. An astronomical naturalist will identify stars for you and have some telescopes available for you to use. Then, put the finishing touches on your evening out with a campfire and s’mores. S'mores ingredients will be provided; hot dogs are welcome. Cost is $12 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-323-6600 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/burke-lake.
Beethoven at 250 “Soulmates.” 8 p.m. At GMU Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, 4373 Mason Pond Dr, Fairfax. Featuring the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra with Christopher Zimmerman, conductor, and Philippe Bianconi of France on piano. The program features Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 and Beethoven “Symphony of Symphonies.” Hear the stories behind the music with music director Christopher Zimmerman and special guests before the concert at 7 p.m. Visit the website: http://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/fairfax-symphony-orchestra-beethoven-at-250-soulmates
Model Classic 2020. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax. The Northern Virginia Modelers Chapter, International Plastic Modelers Society presents an educational and fun event for the entire family. Cost is $8/adults; $10/contestant $10/family; free under 18. Visit the web site: www.novaipms.org
Fantasy and Fun. 1 p.m. At Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Featuring The Great Zucchini and the Da Capo and Lyric Youth Choruses of the Fairfax Choral Society. Tickets are $15/adults; $5/students; children 13 and under free.
Back to the Beatles and Beyond. 4 p.m. At W.T. Woodson High School, 9525 Main Street, Fairfax. Featuring the Vocal Arts Ensemble of the Fairfax Choral Society with Michael Ehrlich, Director. Tickets are $25/adults; $10/students. Kids 13 and under free.
Poetry of Music: It Takes a Whole Village. 7 p.m. At Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Featuring the Master Singers, Concert Choir and Treble Choruses of the Fairfax Choral Society. With Patrick Vaughn, Director, Youth Choruses of the Fairfax Choral Society. Tickets are $15/adults; $5/students; Kids 13 and under free.
Healthy Strides 5K/10K. 7:30 a.m. At Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station. Registration is underway for the ninth annual Healthy Strides 5K/10K on Saturday, May 2. The 10K runs along a wooded path and takes participants around Burke Lake. The 5K follows a tree-lined road through the park and is wheelchair accessible. Race walkers and strollers are welcome on the 5K route. Both courses are USATF certified. The run begins at 7:30 a.m., and all levels are welcome. Space is limited to the first 500 runners and walkers, so register early. The early bird fee is $30 through Friday, January 31, 2020. The price goes up to $35 through Tuesday, March 31 and will then rise to $40, if there are still open spots. Team registration is also available. Children age two to six can register for the Lil’ Striders Tot Dash for $10. Packets will be available for pick-up on Friday, May 1 at the Burke Lake Park Ice Cream Parlor from 2 to 7 p.m. and on race day at Shelter A from 6 to 7 a.m. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/healthy-strides.
Unprofane Riders 2nd Annual Car Show. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At American Legion Post 176, 6520 Amherst Ave., Springfield. Cars, trucks, SUVs, and bikes welcome. All makes and models. Registration: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be trophies, door prizes, and raffle prizes. Food and drink. Kid-friendly event. Proceeds will be going to Shelter House, Inc., a non-profit organization that helps victims of domestic abuse. Sponsored by Safford of Springfield. Cost: $20 Entry Fee for Cars, Trucks and SUVS, $15 Entry Fee for Bikes, Spectators Free. Visit the website: https://www.facebook.com/events/2434610970197659/
Second Saturdays. 6-9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9518 Workhouse Road, Lorton. The Second Saturday Art Walk is the perfect time to meet nearly 85 Resident and Associate Artists, creating art in the studios or exhibiting in our galleries. Experience performances of dance, cabaret, comedy, big band, jazz, and theater. Indulge in classes in the art of mixology or cuisines from around the globe. Enjoy art exhibitions in nine galleries of the region’s finest sculpture, painting, glass, ceramics, and fiber art works. Visit www.workhousearts.org/.
Senior Line Dancing. Mondays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m. at Little RIver Glen Senior Center, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax. Line Dancing is a gentle, social form of aerobic activity. Studies have shown it aids in warding off Alzheimer's disease. No previous experience needed. Cost: $5 per 8-week session. Email email@example.com or call 703-524-3739.
Fairfax Pets on Wheels New Volunteer Orientation. An orientation for new volunteers interested in visiting residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities with their approved pets through the Fairfax Pets On Wheels program is held the first Wednesday of every month starting at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.fpow.org for each month’s location. Prior to attending, please complete the online application found at www.fpow.org/volunteer. www.fpow.org, 703-324-5424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carolina Shag. Wednesdays, 6:30-10 p.m. at Arlington/Fairfax Elks Lodge, 8421 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax. Free lessons at 7:30 p.m. No partners needed. Dinner menu. $8. Under 21 free. nvshag.org.
FUN-Exercise Thursdays, noon-12:50 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church Family Room, 7434 Bath St., Springfield. Inova certified exercise instructor leads a moderate level exercise class with music and current events conversation. Muscle, Balance, Strength Training using stretch bands and weights both standing and seated exercises. Instructor donation is $5. email@example.com or 703-499-6133.
Exercise Program Mondays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. year-round at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. The exercises are for strength, balance and maintaining limberness. Contact SCFB office at 703-426-2824 for more information.
Cafe Ivrit (Hebrew Cafe). Wednesdays. 8:15-9:15 a.m. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Shalom (hello) Did you always want to converse in Hebrew? Join Na’ama each week for conversational Hebrew. You will learn and practice Hebrew in a fun and interactive way while learning more about Israel. Free, however we ask that you try to attend regularly. RSVP Naama.Gold@jccnv.org.
Smoke Free Bingo. 7 p.m. Every Friday. Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department, 4081 University Drive, Fairfax. Free coffee, entertaining callers, $1,000 jackpot (with breaks for smoking friends). www.fairfaxvd.com. 703-273-3638.
English Conversation Groups weekly at George Mason, Burke Centre, and Lorton Libraries Practice and improve your English. Day and start times vary. Visit: va.evanced.info/fairfaxcounty/lib/eventcalendar.asp
Funday Monday 10:30 a.m., every Monday at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. There will be music, movement, storytelling, performances, crafts, and more. It is open to children of all ages, however especially for those who haven’t yet started school. Programs are free and open to the public, donations are gratefully appreciated. There is ample free parking in the downtown area, and stroller access at the rear of Old Town Hall on Main St. 703-385-7858 www.fairfaxva.gov/culturalarts for more.