Fairfax County community calendar, Dec. 13 to 20, 2012

December 12, 2012
Thursday, Dec. 13

Lions Club citrus fruit sale, ruby red grapefruit and navel oranges from Florida, Vermont maple syrup and Virginia peanuts for sale to support Fairfax Lions Club. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Home Depot, parking lot, 3201 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. 703-266-2776 or www.fairfaxlions.org.

Fairfax bingo, no smoking, dinner sold, sponsored by the Arlington-Fairfax Elks. Proceeds go to scholarships and other Elks Lodge charities. Doors open, 5:30 p.m; early bird bingo, 6:30 p.m.; regular bingo, 7:30 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge, 8421 Arlington Blvd. Early bird minimum, $6; regular bingo, $14 for six face cards. 703-560-2188.

Bull Run Festival of Lights, a drive-through holiday light display, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 5:30-10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, through Jan. 6. Also, a holiday village with carnival midway games and rides, 5:30-10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. Drive-through: $15-$55; carnival fees: $1.50 single ticket, $20 ride-all-you-want wristband. 703-359-4633 or www.nvrpa.org/parks/brfestoflights.

“Alice in Winter Wonderland,” McLean High School’s Traveling Children’s Theatre offers a new twist to the old tale. 7 p.m., Kent Gardens Elementary School, 1717 Melbourne Dr., McLean. Donations welcome. 703-714-5821.

Springfield bingo, for age 16 and older. Youths 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No smoking, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department, 7011 Backlick Rd. $10-$25. 703-541-3139.

Friday, Dec. 14

Vienna Southern “comfort food” dinner, shrimp/chicken creole or red beans and rice with sausage. 5:30-8 p.m., American Legion Post 180, 330 Center St. N. $8-$10. 703-938-9535.

“Alice in Winter Wonderland,” McLean High School’s Traveling Children’s Theatre production offers a new twist to an old tale. 7 p.m., Chesterbrook Elementary School, 1753 Kirby Rd., McLean. Donations welcome. 703-714-5821.

“A Christmas Chaos,” the Elden Street Players Theater for Young Audiences performs a satire of theatrical backstage mayhem referencing the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol.” 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Industrial Strength Theatre, 269 Sunset Park Dr., Herndon. $15; age 10 and younger, $10. 703-481-5930 or www.eldenstreetplayers.org.

“Christmas Cabin of Carnaween,” Creative Cauldron performs the traditional Irish folk tale. 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 4 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23, ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church. $15; seniors and students, $12. 703-593-5697 or www.creativecauldron.org.

“Altar Boyz,” a pop-rock musical comedy about a fictitious boy-band. 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 30., 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Rd., McLean. $30; students, $15. 703-854-1856 or http://1ststagespringhill.org/onstage .

Cyrille Aimee & Diego Figueiredo, vocalist Aimee and guitarist Figueiredo blend gypsy jazz and Dominican rhythms. 8 p.m., CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. $15-$30. 703-476-4500 or www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

Vienna Boys Choir, “Christmas in Vienna.” 8 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $25-$50; youth through grade 12 with an adult, half price. 888-945-2468. cfa.gmu.edu.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Art Guild of Clifton holiday art show and sale, local area artists show and sell original art including paintings, pastels, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, fiber art and photography. Show and sale, noon-6 p.m.; reception, 6-8 p.m., Clifton Town Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd. Free. 703-830-1480 or www.artguildofclifton.org.

Dog adoption event, sponsored by the Homeless Animals Rescue Team. Noon-3 p.m., Petco, 13053 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy., Chantilly. 703-817-9444 or www.hart90.org.

“A Magical Christmas,” a town that Santa skips attempts to make Christmas merry. 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 22, Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $12, $8 children. 703-584-2900. www.workhousearts.org.

Northern Virginia Model Railroaders Club display and open house, the layout includes the Western North Carolina Railroad and Thomas the Tank Engine. 1-5 p.m., Vienna Railroad Depot, 231 Dominion Rd., Vienna. Free, donations accepted. 703-938-5157 or www.nvmr.org.

“Nutcracker in a Nutshell,” a shorter, children’s version of the classic ballet performed by Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $22. 703-273-5344 or www.thecenterforballetarts.com.

“Alice in Winter Wonderland,” a production by McLean High School’s Traveling Children’s Theatre offers a new twist to an old tale. 4 p.m., Colvin Run Elementary School, 1400 Trap Rd., Vienna. Donations welcome. 703-714-5821.

Sully Historic Site candlelight tours, tour the 1794 home of Northern Virginia’s first congressman, Richard Bland Lee. 4:45-7 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sully Historic Site, 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly. $7, $6 students, $5 seniors and children. 703-437-1794 or www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sully.

Mount Vernon by candlelight, fireside caroling, hot cider and ginger cookies. Tours include dancing, music and characters from George Washington’s world. 5-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. $22, $15 age 11 and younger. 703-780-2000. www.mountvernon.org.

Lorton ballroom social dance, complimentary refreshments and a cash bar. Dress is casual. All skill levels are welcome. Dance lesson, 7:30 p.m., open dancing, 8-10:30 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, Building W-16 McGuireWoods Gallery, 9601 Ox Rd. $10; lesson, $5. 703-584-2900. www.workhousearts.org.

Mercury Rizing, traditional and contemporary music in the Weekend Bluegrass Concert Series. 7:30 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Rd., Herndon. $12; age 12 and younger, free. 703-437-1883 or www.mercuryrizing.com.

“Date Night: Chef’s Table,” work side by side with your date as an instructor teaches the easy and impressive techniques behind a menu of dishes designed to inspire the “warm fuzzies.” 8-10 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, Building W-16 Vulcan Gallery, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $80 per couple; reservations required. 703-584-2900 or www.workhousearts.org.

The Romeros with Concerto Malaga, Christmas music by two of Spain’s premiere string ensembles. 8 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $23, $38, $46; youth through grade 12 with an adult, half-price. 888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu.

Sunday, Dec. 16

Vienna breakfast buffet, omelets, scrambled eggs, blueberry pancakes, bacon and more. 8 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 180, 330 Center St. N., Vienna. $8; children, $3. 703-938-1379.

“Clever Rachel,” the story of a girl and a boy in a Polish village who face off to determine which one is the smartest. 1 and 3 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. $15, $8 children and students. 703-323-0880 or www.jccnv.org.

Falls Church holiday tea, a full tea, talk by a costumed docent and a tour of the decorated 1845 farmhouse. 2 p.m., Cherry Hill Farmhouse, 312 Park Ave. $28, reservations required. 703-248-5171.

McLean Symphony, holiday music by the orchestra with guitarist Benjamin Beirs, plus a sing-along and festive seasonal choruses performed by the Symphony Festival Singers. 3 p.m., McLean Community Center, Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave. $25, seniors $20, students $15. 703-790-0123 or www.mclean-symphony.org.

“A Leahy Family Christmas,” the Leahy family of musicians and dancers performs Celtic melodies and Christmas carols. 7 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $25, $42, $50; youth through grade 12 with an adult, half-price. 888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu.

Springfield bingo, for age 12 and older, no smoking, youths 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult. 7 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays. Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department, 7011 Backlick Rd. $1-$35. 703-975-1079.

Monday, Dec. 17

Vienna Town Council meeting, 8 p.m., Vienna Town Hall, Council Chambers, 127 Center St. S. 703-255-6300 or www.viennava.gov.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

Ahn Trio, sisters Maria, Lucia and Angella redefine chamber music. 8 p.m., CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. $15-$30. 703-476-4500 or www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

Thursday, Dec. 20

Christmas display of Lionel trains, watch the operation of HO-scale layouts and a Lionel train setup by Joe Pallone. 10 a.m., Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Fort Hunt area. Free. 703-765-4573.

— Compiled by Jean Mack

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