Fairfax County community calendar, March 28 to April 4, 2013

Thursday, March 28

The farmers table, meet with local farmers and vendors, find seasonal produce, baked goods, meat and eggs and 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, through April 25, Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center, 2739 W. Ox Rd., Herndon. Free. 703-437-9109.

The Invisible War,” the Academy Award-nominated documentary followed by a panel discussion and a reception with light snacks. Sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Women and Gender Studies and Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education and Services. Donations of toiletries for Artemis House, a shelter for battered women and their children, will be collected. 4:30-7 p.m., George Mason University, Johnson Center, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Free. 703-993-2896 or wgst@gmu.edu.

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.

Agape dinner and Maundy Thursday service, a shared meal of Mediterranean-inspired foods, followed by a traditional Maundy Thursday service. Dinner, 6:30 p.m.; service, 7:30 p.m. St. Peter’s in the Woods, 5911 Fairview Woods Dr., Fairfax Station. 703-503-9210 or www.spiw.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.

“The Woman’s Guide to Investing,” a course for women who want to learn the basics of investing and how to empower themselves to make smart financial decisions. 7-9 p.m., the Women’s Center, 127 Park St. NE, Vienna. $35; members, $25. 703-281-2657 Ext. 276 or www.thewomenscenter.org.

Celtic Maundy Thursday service, in commemoration of the Last Supper, this is a Celtic service with music, meditative readings and communion. 7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean. 703-356-3312.

Friday, March 29

Wild things puppet show, for ages 4-10, three puppet shows plus the Native American legend of how butterflies came to be; a naturalist shows live animals highlighted in the stories. 10-11 a.m., Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale. $5, registration required. 703-941-1065.

Reston Community Good Friday service, pastors will narrate the story of Christ’s last hours through scripture and prayer. Noon-1 p.m., Washington Plaza Baptist Church, 1615 Washington Plaza, Reston. 703-471-5225 or www.washingtonplazachurch.com.

Good Friday service, 7:30 p.m., St. Peter’s in the Woods, 5911 Fairview Woods Dr., Fairfax Station. 703-503-9210 or www.spiw.org.

Good Friday service, a contemplative service that tells the Passion story. 7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean. 703-356-3312.

“Never the Sinner,” a play about a pair of accused murderers on trial for what they thought would be the perfect crime. 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through April 14, 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Rd., McLean. $25; students, $15. 703-854-1856 or www.1ststagetysons.org.

“Les 7 Doigts de la Main: PSY,” a Montreal-based troupe uses acrobatics and circus arts to explore the human mind. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $24, $40, $48. 703-993-8888 or cfa.gmu.edu.

Saturday, March 30

Easter egg hunt, bring a basket and hunt for candy, toys and eggs filled with treats, and visit the Easter Bunny. Age 1-2, 10:30 a.m.; age 3-4, 11 a.m.; age 5-6, 11:30 a.m.; age 7-9, noon., Nottoway Park, 9601 Courthouse Rd., Vienna. $8, registration required. 703-324-8566.

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.

Dinosaur egg hunt, for ages 3-7, a dinosaur-themed program with an outdoor egg hunt and dino crafts. 12:30-1:30 p.m., 2-3 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale. $6, registration required. 703-941-1065.

“Cinderella: The True Story,” a performance of playwright Vianlix Mestey’s original adaptation of the fairy tale. 1 p.m. Saturdays, through April 27, Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $12, age 11 and younger, $8. 703-584-2900 or www.workhousearts.org.

Easter “Eggstravaganza” egg roll,for age 10 and younger, moon bounces, games, face painting, an egg roll, music and door prizes, sponsored by Jubilee Christian Center. The Children of Light Dancers will perform. 1-3 p.m., Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax. Free. 703-383-1170 or www.jccag.org.

John Eaton, bassist Tommy Cecil and pianist John Eaton offer an evening of jazz improvisations of the great American songbook. 7:30 p.m., Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $25. 703-938-2404 or www.wolftrap.org.

Sunday, March 31

Easter services, 6:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist sunrise service; 8 a.m., traditional Holy Eucharist service without music; 10:15 a.m., full choral Eucharist. There will be an Easter egg hunt after the 10:15 a.m. service for children, from toddlers to fifth graders. St. Peter’s in the Woods, 5911 Fairview Woods Dr., Fairfax Station. 703-503-9210 or www.spiw.org.

Easter services, 6:30, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean. 703-356-3312.

Easter sunrise service, Ventures in Community, a consortium of social service nonprofit, governmental agencies and faith communities along the Route 1 corridor, will hold an Easter sunrise service on the front lawn. A pancake breakfast will be served afterward at nearby Wesley United Methodist Church, 8412 Richmond Ave.. 6:45 a.m., Woodlawn Plantation, 9000 Richmond Hwy., Fort Belvoir area. 703-360-2989 or nrjames@earthlink.net.

Persian New Year celebration, the Persian cultural festival known as 13 Bedar (or Sizdah Bedar) features live music, dancing and food vendors. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Bull Run Regional Park, Special Events Center, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. $7 in advance; $15 at the event. 703-631-0550, www.nvrpa.org/park/bull_run or www.pergenproductions.com.

Easter service, with special music. Children will be dismissed to Sunday school after the children’s’ message. There will be Easter crafts with the children downstairs. A brunch will follow immediately after the service with egg strata, fruit and bagels. 10:45 a.m., Washington Plaza Baptist Church, 1615 Washington Plaza, Reston. 703-471-5225 or www.washingtonplazachurch.com.

Rabbit fact and fable, for ages 3-10, meet a rabbit and learn about cottontails native to Fairfax County and how the Easter Bunny tradition began. 12:15-1:15 p.m., Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale. $5, registration required. 703-941-1065.

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, April 1

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

Tuesday, April 2

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. Free. 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.

Mount Vernon Community Band practice, open to band musicians young and old, the Mount Vernon Community Band has performed in the area since 1978. No audition required. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Mount Vernon High School, band room, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Rd., Mount Vernon area. Free. 703-768-4172 or www.mvbands.com.

Wednesday, April 3

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

Public safety talk, Sherri White of Fairfax County’s public safety communications department will discuss how 911 calls are handled, at a meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. 10 a.m., Mason District Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale. 703-425-3361.

Photography lecture, the guest speaker for the Vienna Photographic Society meeting is aerial photographer Cameron Davidson. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Thoreau Middle School, 2505 Cedar Lane, Vienna. 703-451-7298, www.vps-va.org or jelfri@bellatlantic.net.

Kyle Abraham, the dancer and choreographer performs. 8 p.m., CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. $15-$30. 703-476-4500 or www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

Orchestra concert, the George Mason Symphony Orchestra joins the Virginia Chamber Orchestra for a program of music by Mozart, Ravel and Wieniawski. 8 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $15, students and seniors $10. 703-993-8888 or cfa.gmu.edu.

Thursday, April 4

Prayer and healing service, a quiet time for personal prayer and to pray for others. 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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