Fairfax County community calendar, Feb. 28 to March 7, 2013

February 27, 2013
Thursday, Feb. 28

The farmers table, meet with farmers and vendors, find seasonal produce, baked goods, meat and eggs; learn what is in season and how to use it. Weekly activities may include wagon rides, pony rides, making cupcakes, warming fires, craft activities and meeting baby animals. 2:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center, 2739 W. Ox Rd., Herndon. Free. 703-437-9109.

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.

Empty Bowls fundraiser, adults will receive a handcrafted bowl with their soup and bread dinner. There will be live music, raffles and a silent auction to benefit Our Daily Bread. 6-8:30 p.m., Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. $30 in advance; $35 at the door; children, $10. 703-273-8829, www.odbfairfax.org or info@odbfairfax.org.

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, March 1

Early Childhood Center open house, attend a Shabbat singalong followed by a tour of the preschool and information about enrollment for the 2013-14 year. 9:30 a.m., Congregation Beth Emeth, 12523 Lawyers Rd., Herndon. 703-860-4515, Ext. 114 or renee@bethemeth.org.

Native plant program, learn what plants will create a garden that adapts to the area’s hot summers and cold winters and see the many types of native plants that can be used. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. $10, registration required. 703-642-5173.

Family skate night, bring roller or in-line skates and safety equipment. Parents must stay with their children and may participate. 6:30-8 p.m. Fridays, through March 22, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna. $1. 703-255-6360.

World Day of Prayer service, the theme is “I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me.” The service will be followed by a fellowship reception. 7 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5800 Backlick Rd., Springfield. 703-764-0872.

A Streetcar Named Desire,” the Virginia Opera performs Andre Previn’s opera. Sung in English with English supertitles. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday, George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $44-$98. 703-993-8888.

Saawariya,” watch a screening of this 2007 Bollywood musical inspired by Dostoevsky’s “White Nights,” and enjoy a three-course dinner from a menu designed to complement the film’s theme. 8 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, Building W-3, Theatre, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $39, includes film, dinner and soft drinks; reservations required. 703-584-2900.

Saturday, March 2

“Reading: A Family Affair,” a family event that brings books to life through performance art, sponsored by the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, featuring storytellers, dance, puppets, musicians, children’s theater and more. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., James Lee Community Center, 2855-A Annandale Rd., Falls Church. $5 per family. 703-238-0866 or www.lcnv.org/events/rafa.

Indoor and outdoor plants, Carol Miranda discusses what plants work best in both locations and offers design ideas to use in your garden. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. $15, registration required. 703-642-5173.

Marital assets and liabilities in divorce, learn how Virginia courts divide assets and liabilities upon divorce, how to determine whether property is marital or separate and factors the court must take into account in making its decisions. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., the Women’s Center, 127 Park St. NE, Vienna. $50; members, $40; registration required. 703-281-2657, Ext. 276 or www.thewomenscenter.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.

“Sleeping Beauty: The Broken Spell,” a magician and his talking cat go on a mission to find Sleeping Beauty’s true love. 1 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $12; age 11 and younger, $8. 703-584-2900 or www.workhousearts.org.

Dr. Seuss’s birthday extravaganza, for ages 3 and older, naturalists compare live woodland animals to Dr. Seuss’s whimsical creatures, with crafts, activities and stories. 2-3:30 p.m., Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale. $6, registration required. 703-941-1065.

Art exhibit opening reception, “Our Northern Virginia Community” is a group exhibit on display through March 25, by the Springfield Art Guild, in collaboration with the Annandale campus of the Northern Virginia Community Colleges. Forty-two artists share their vision of the community, its people, the native flora and fauna, locations and events that make it unique. Reception, 7-9 p.m., Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Tpk., Annandale. 703-772-1720 or www.springfieldartguild.com.

“Beyond the Blue and Grey: The Virginia Home Front,” this exhibit, on display through April 7, coincides with Herndon’s commemoration of Mosby’s Raid and defines what it meant to be a Virginian during the Civil War. Members of the Towne Square Singers will serenade guests at a reception from 7-9 p.m., ArtSpace, Post Gallery, 750 Center St., Herndon. Free. 703-956-6590 or www.artspaceherndon.com.

Slaid Cleaves, a concert sponsored by the Focus Music in Mount Vernon featuring the Americana and folk singer-songwriter. With Ruut, a Finnish-born, Baltimore-based piano player and singer-songwriter. 7 p.m., St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 8531 Riverside Rd., Alexandria. $20; in advance, $18. 703-380-3151 or www.focusmusic.org.

Richmond Ballet II, an elite group of 10 professional dancers performs a mixed repertory program. 7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. $27; seniors, $22; students, $18. 703-537-3000 or boxoffice@jccnv.org.

“Heroines,” in honor of Women’s History Month, this cabaret performance features songs and arias from some of the great female roles on Broadway. 8 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $25, includes hors d’oeuvres. 703-584-2900 or www.workhousearts.org.

Sunday, March 3

University of Florida Gospel Choir, 7:45 and 10:45 a.m., Greater Little Zion Baptist Church, 10185 Zion Dr., Fairfax. Free. 703-764-9111 or www.glzbc.org.

Parents and Promises class, for parents of young children; a guest speaker from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children discusses child safety and Internet safety. 9:45-10:45 a.m., Annandale United Methodist Church, Room 300, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. 703-256-8330 or bstewart@annandale-umc.org.

Lenten lecture, by Christian ethics professor Sondra Ely Wheeler. She also will lead a 9:45 a.m. Sunday school class and discuss “What Is It That Makes Ethics Christian?” 11 a.m., Church of the Good Shepherd, 2351 Hunter Mill Rd., Vienna. 703-281-3987.

“Aging Gracefully as One’s Garden Matures,” Elissa Steeves describes her 40-plus years of gardening experience and how age brings changes to our tastes and ideas about gardening. 1:30-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $10, registration required. 703-642-5173.

“The World of Herps,” Caroline Seitz of Reptiles Alive and a member of the Virginia Herpetology Society, will discuss this branch of zoology for a Friends of Dyke Marsh meeting. 2 p.m., Huntley Meadows, Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria. 703-768-2525 or www.fodm.org.

Left Bank Quartet, violinists David Salness and Sally McLain, violist Katherine Murdock and cellist Evelyn Elsing are joined by clarinetist Paul Cigan and pianist Audrey Andrist in a performance of works by Moravec, Janacek, and Dvorak. 3 p.m., CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. $30; Reston residents, $15. 703-476-4500 or www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

Calidore String Quartet, young musicians from California perform music by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Hindemith. A reception follows. 4 p.m., St. Francis Episcopal Church, 9220 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. $30; age 17 and younger, free. 703-759-5334 or www.amadeusconcerts.com.

Virginia Chamber Orchestra, music by Gluck, Mozart and Mendelssohn. 4 p.m., Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Tpk., Annandale. $25; seniors, $20; students, free. 703-758-0179 or www.virginiachamberorchestra.org.

Embracing sound energy, meditation with Tibetan bowls, facilitated by Rick and Susan Gallaher. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Celebration Center for Spiritual Living, 2840 Graham Rd., Falls Church. 703-560-2030 or www.celebrationcenter.org.

Vienna Community Band, selections by Hindemith, Sousa and Holst. 7 p.m., Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. Free. 703-282-8214 or www.viennacommunityband.org.

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, March 4

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

Tuesday, March 5

Celebrate Recovery, a Christian-based 12 step program addressing addiction,co-dependency, anger or other self-destructive behaviors. Child care is provided. 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Rd., Herndon. Free. 703-793-0026 or recovery@florisumc.org.

Centering Prayer, for those who want to pray silently in the company of others. 7-7:45 p.m. Tuesdays, St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 1830 Kirby Rd., McLean. 703-356-1881.

“Hacked!” for teens and adults, cybersecurity consultant Don Goff discusses the risks and steps you can take to protect yourself. 7 p.m., Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-790-8088 or www.fairfaxcounty.gov/events.

Kings Park Concert Band practice, open to adults who played in high school or college and want to continue playing, a nonprofit community band with a professional conductor that performs throughout Northern Virginia. No audition required. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, White Oaks Elementary School, cafeteria, 6130 Shiplett Blvd., Burke. 703-580-8138, www.kingsparkband.org or kpband@kingsparkband.org.

Wednesday, March 6

Fort Belvoir Military Council of Catholic Women Bible Study group, military women and spouses of active or retired military members study “The Year of Faith” by the Rev. Mitch Pacwa. 9:30 a.m., Woodlawn Chapel, 1800 Wright Rd., Fort Belvoir. Charlotte Pierce at 703-339-8437.

Lifetime Learning Institute speakers forum, Robert Sutter, author of “U.S.-Chinese Relations: Perilous Past, Pragmatic Present” will discuss China. 9:30 a.m., Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, second floor, 8333 Little River Tpk., Annandale. Free; parking garage, $2. 703-503-0600 or http://lli.nova.org.

Home repair seminar, Vee Johnson, community outreach liaison of Fairfax County’s consumer affairs unit, discusses hiring reputable contractors for home repairs and how to avoid scams at a meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. 10 a.m., Mason District Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free. 703-425-3361.

“Space Weather and Magnetic Storms,” a lecture by Jeffrey Love on magnetic storms and the U.S. Geological Survey’s role in monitoring space weather. 7-8 p.m., U.S. Geological Survey, Dallas Peck Auditorium, 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston. Free, photo ID required. 703-648-4748 or www.usgs.gov/public_lecture_series.

Thursday, March 7

Prayer and healing service, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Cranford United Methodist Church, 9912 Old Colchester Rd., Lorton. 703-339-5382.

— Compiled by Jean Mack

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