Fairfax County community calendar, Jan. 24 to 30, 2013

Thursday, Jan. 24

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.

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.

Livingston Taylor, the singer/guitarist enhances his intimate performances with anecdotes and stories. With folk-rock singer and songwriter Chelsea Berry. 8 p.m., the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $25. 703-938-2404.

Friday, Jan. 25

McLean Art Society meeting, five artist-members of the society will present information on painting techniques for watercolor, Oriental brush painting and more. 10 a.m.-noon, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Free. 703-790-0123.

Invasives: What Not to Plant, give invasive plants an inch and they’ll take over. Learn what native alternatives you can grow instead. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. $10, registration required, use code 290 183 3401. 703-642-5173.

“Proposals,” the Vienna Theatre Company presents Neil Simon’s nostalgic memory play that recalls one idyllic afternoon in the summer of 1957, the last time the Hines family gathered at its retreat in the Poconos. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 9; 2 p.m. Feb. 3 and 10, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. $13; students and seniors, $11. 703-255-6360 or www.viennatheatrecompany.org.

A Musical Shabbat, with artist-in-residence Hannah Spiro. 8 p.m., Temple B’nai Shalom, 7612 Old Ox Rd., Fairfax Station. Free. 703-764-2901 or www.tbs-online.org.

Saturday, Jan. 26

Washington Apple Pi Mac User Group meeting, a guest speaker discusses password security. 9:30 a.m.-noon, George Mason University, Enterprise Hall, room 178, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Free. 301-984-0300 or www.wap.org.

Chinese New Year Festival, a live performance including dragon and lion dances, Asian food, workshops on Chinese cooking and language, crafts and business booths, children’s activities and a Lunar New Year dragon parade. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Free. 703-868-1509, www.ChineseNewYearFestival.org or tiny.tang@verizon.net.

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

Winter garden treasures, Green Spring curator Brenda Skarphol introduces members of the dogwood and witch hazel families that will provide early blooms that hint of spring. Class takes place outdoors with a closer look at these trees and shrubs. Participants receive fact sheets on each plant covered in the class. 1-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. $15, registration required, use code 290 182 2801. 703-642-5173.

Civil War book talk, local author William S. Connery will discuss his new book, “Civil War Northern Virginia 1861.” Copies will be available for purchase. 2 p.m., Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. Free. 703-591-0560.

The Black Watch and the Band of the Scots Guards, these two military ensembles take the stage in full military regalia, showcasing the distinctive sounds of bagpipes and brass, Scottish sword dances, Highland dancing, grand regimental marching and military uniforms. 2 and 8 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $25, $42 and $50; youths through grade 12 accompanied by an adult, half price. Tickets, 888-945-2468; information, 703-993-8888.

Useful Services Exchange meeting, a barter organization open to Reston and Herndon residents, will hold its annual winter potluck and business meeting. U.S.E. is a time bank through which neighbors trade services. 5 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, 1625 Wiehle Ave. 703-860-5141 or MediaVIP@aol.com.

“En Route! A Touring Dance Project 2013,” a project that facilitates performances for local artists in areas selected by Next Reflex Dance Collective. 7:30 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, Building W-3, Theatre, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $25; seniors and military, $20; youth, $10. 703-584-2900 or reservations.workhousearts.org.

Sonrise, a gospel bluegrass quartet from Fredericksburg. 7:30 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Rd., Herndon. $15; age 12 and younger, free. 703-437-1883 or www.sonrisemusic.net/dates or kd4fue2@verizon.net or www.holycrosslutheranchurch.net.

“Can I Really Date a Guy Who Wears a Yarmulke?,” A romantic comedy by Amy Holson-Schwartz about a woman with a secular brand of Judaism who falls for a man with a serious case of religion. 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. $27, JCCNV members and seniors $22, students $18. 703-537-3000 or www.jccnvarts.org.

Sunday, Jan. 27

“Drop Dead Gorgeous,” from corsets to high heels, toxic lotions to deadly potions, learn about dangerous beauty and the high price of killer fashion from ancient times to the present day. A traditional English tea follows.1-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. $28, registration required. 703-642-5173 or www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring/teas.

Designing a layered garden, learn how to choose the correct plants by understanding how they grow and change throughout the seasons, how to design a layered garden and tips on maintaining it. Book-signing to follow lecture. 1:30-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. $10, registration required, use code 290 182 450. 703-642-5173.

Alice in Winter Wonderland tea party, age 3 and older with a parent, sip tea and eat butterfly-shaped sandwiches with the Mad Hatter and his friends. 2-3:30 p.m., Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale. $15, registration required. 703-941-1065.

Marcolivia, the violin and viola duo performs music by Mozart, Bartok and others. 4 p.m., St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 3241 Brush Dr., Falls Church. $15 donation is suggested. 703-200-7489, www.odeonchambermusicseries.org or marikohiller@gmail.com.

Taize contemplative worship service, a combination of chants and Scripture with time spent in silence, in a setting of greenery and candlelight. 5 p.m., Church of the Holy Comforter, 543 Beulah Rd. NE., Vienna. 703-938-6521 or www.holycomforter.com.

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, Jan. 28

Federal job application workshop, learn about federal opportunities, sources of current information, the federal-styled résumétemplate, leadership directories for networking and job-search strategies. 10 a.m.-noon, the Women’s Center, 127 Park St. NE, Vienna. $35; members, $25. 703-281-2657, Ext. 276 or www.thewomenscenter.org.

Falls Church City Council meeting, 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Mondays of each month, Falls Church City Hall, 300 Park Ave. 703-241-5014 or www.fallschurchva.gov.

Tuesday, Jan. 29

Miraculous Monarch Butterflies, learn about their life cycle and migration and how to assist them, in a discussion with Dana Shaw, Cindy Wackerbarth and Marty Summerour, who are participants in Monarch Teacher Network’s Monarch Workshops. 10 a.m., Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Fort Hunt area. Free. 703-765-4573.

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. 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.

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. Free. 703-580-8138, www.kingsparkband.org or kpband@kingsparkband.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

Adventures in Learning open house/registration, register for the Shepherd’s Center of Annandale-Springfield winter session of classes to be held 9:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays Feb. 6-March 20. Educational classes are planned, including “Our Two Frontiers: Up in Space and Under the Seas,” and other topics of interest to seniors. All sessions begin the day with “Easy Does It Yoga.” 9 a.m.-noon, United Baptist Church, 7100 Columbia Pike, Annandale. $45, includes yoga and class sessions. 703-941-1419.

Divorce workshop: Preparing Your Case, learn about the rules that govern discovery and ways to approach it that may assist your attorney in streamlining your case, keep costs down and ensure that relevant evidence is preserved for trial. 7-9 p.m., the Women’s Center, 127 Park St. NE, Vienna. $55; members, $45. 703-281-2657 Ext. 276 or www.thewomenscenter.org.

— Compiled by Jean Mack

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