Springfield used book sale, shop for fiction, history, hobbies, vintage and children’s books. 3-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St. 703-451-8055.
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.
“The Early History of Reston: Translating the Dream to Reality,” Peter McCandless and Chuck Veatch present a program on the origins of Reston, the nation’s first large-scale planned community. Sponsored by the Reston Historic Trust and the Reston Museum. 7-9 p.m., Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, Jo-Ann Rose Gallery, 1609 Washington Plaza. 703-689-3550 or email@example.com.
McLean Project for the Arts, an opening reception featuring “Edges and Grids,” multimedia works in the Emerson Gallery, abstract paintings by Ellyn Wiess in the Atrium Gallery and photographs by Ron Paras in the Ramp Gallery. 7-9 p.m. McLean Project for the Arts, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Free. 703-790-1953 or www.mcleanartorg.
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.
“Drumming With Dishes: The Holiday Edition,” An Arts on the Horizon production in which a child introduces her imaginary friend to the holiday season. 10:30 a.m. Fridays, 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. Sundays, through Dec. 9, Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theatre, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $8, 12 months and younger, free. 703-967-0437 or www.artsonthehorizon.org.
Children’s author talk, girls and guys in fifth and sixth grade, meet, greet, eat and talk with Kristin Levine, author of “The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had” and “The Lions of Little Rock.” 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly. Free. 703-502-3883.
“Noises Off,” Fairfax High School’s FX Players perform Michael Frayn’s Tony-winning farce. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax City. $10 online, $15 at the door. 703-219-2200 or www.fxplayers.org.
“Brigadoon,” Herndon High School’s theater department presents the musical, sponsored by the school’s Theatre Boosters group. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Herndon High School, 700 Bennett St. $10. 703-810-2341.
“Feliz Navidad,” the Voce Chamber Singers present a choral Christmas concert highlighting Spanish holiday music. 7:30 p.m., St. John Neumann Church, 11900 Lawyers Rd., Reston. $23; seniors, $18; age 24 and younger, $8-$10. 703-277-7772 or www.voce.org.
Herndon Towne Square Singers holiday concert, carols, contemporary classics and novelties. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Industrial Strength Theatre, 269 Sunset Park Dr., Herndon. $12. 703-787-7300 or www.herndon-va.gov.
“Altar Boyz,” 1st Stage Five presents 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. www.1ststagetysons.org.
“Die Fledermaus,” the Virginia Opera Company performs the Strauss operetta. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday, George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Friday, $44, $72, $86; Sunday, $48, $80, $98. 888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu.
Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul, Ivers, a fiddle champion, blends traditional sounds with contemporary pop and world music. 8 p.m., Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $27. 703-938-2404 or www.wolftrap.org.
Falls Church holiday craft show, more than 60 crafters sell their wares, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Activities for children on Saturday, including a performance by the Great Zucchini at 10 a.m. and lunch with Santa at 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Children can also visit the holiday shop, where volunteers will help them purchase and wrap inexpensive gifts. Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls St. $1; 11 and younger, free; the Great Zucchini performance, $5, reservation required; lunch with Santa, $6, reservation required. 703-248-5077 or www.fallschurchva.gov/Recreation.
Fairfax Station model train display and show, many different gauges, all moving, including a Garden gauge around the building. Bring your model train problems to “the Train Doctor.” Weather permitting, Model A autos will also be on display. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Rd. $5; children, $1. 703-425-9225 or www.fairfax-station.org.
Falls Church Children’s Holiday Shop, children can purchase inexpensive holiday gifts and have them wrapped. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Cherry Hill Farmhouse, 312 Park Ave. Free. 703-248-5171.
Herndon Holiday Homes Tour, tour area homes decorated for the holidays. Tickets available at Herndon Florist, 716 Lynn St., ArtSpace, 750 Center St. and Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $15 in advance, $20 day of event. 703-435-6800, Ext. 2222.
Falls Church used book sale, a large selection of books, magazines and media for adults and children. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike. 703-790-4031 or TysonsLibraryFriends@gmail.com.
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 theater performance of the children’s story. 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 22, Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $12; children, $8. 703-584-2900 or www.workhousearts.org.
“The Nutcracker,” by the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center of Alexandria. 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Tpk., Annandale. $18-$27. 703-339-0444 or www.metrofinearts.com.
Global Campfire 2012, in honor of World AIDS Day, the campfire will bring people together to remember those who have been lost and to celebrate the lives saved through prevention, care and treatment programs around the world. There will be music, marshmallow roasting and camp games. Bring chairs, blankets and flashlights. 4-6 p.m., Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Dr., Reston. Free. 703-437-0808 or www.globalcampsafrica.org.
Reston Chorale and Amadeus Brass, performing John Rutter’s “Gloria” plus sacred and secular hits of the holiday season. 4 and 7:30 p.m., Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. $30, age 17 and younger free. 703-476-4500.
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. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 16, Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. $22; age 11 and younger, $15. 703-780-2000.
John Flynn, folk music concert, 7 p.m., St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 8531 Riverside Dr., Alexandria. $18; in advance,$15. 703-380-3151 or www.focusmusic.org.
“Holiday Magic,” a cabaret concert of holiday music made famous on the silver screen. 7:30-10 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $25, includes complimentary canapes. 703-584-2900. www.workhousearts.org.
“Feliz Navidad,” the Voce Chamber Singers highlight four centuries of Spanish holiday music. 7:30 p.m., St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St., Herndon. $23 seniors, $18; age 24 and younger, $8. 703-277-7772 or www.voce.org/tickets.
Celtic Christmas music, the Irish ensemble Danu performs. 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.
Great Falls Ballroom Dance, DJ Bill Powers and TJ play ballroom dance styles from the 1930s to today. Sodas and light munchies, dress is “ballroom casual.” 9-11:30 p.m., Colvin Run Community Center, 10201 Colvin Run Rd. $15; tango lesson, $5. 703-435-5620 or www.colvinrun.org.
Herndon holiday arts and craft show, more than 90 arts and craft vendors selling gifts, decorations and hand-made items. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave. 703-787-7300 or herndon-va.gov.
Decoration sale and puppet show, fresh holiday breads, greens, bows and holiday decorations, including hand-made ornaments, will be for sale. The Blue Sky Puppet Theater production of “Rufus the Red Nosed Reindog” will be presented at 2 p.m., at the horticultural center. There will be a collection of Santas from around the world, a functioning antique Lionel Train display and the Mount Vernon Miniature Club will display antique dolls and toys. Noon-4 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. $3. 703-941-7987.
“Messiah” Sing-Along, sing with the St. Luke Festival Choir, organ, harpsichord and orchestra, plus soprano Laura Strickling, mezzo-soprano Linda Maguire, tenor Joshua Baumgardner and baritone K. Daniel Johnson. 4 p.m., St. Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean. $15; 17 and younger, free. 703-356-0670.
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.
AARP Safe Driving Course, a refresher course to improve driving skills and possibly decrease auto insurance costs. Both sessions are required. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Fort Hunt area. $14; AARP members, $12; registration required. 703-765-4573.
“The Voters Have Spoken: What Is Our Economic Policy Now?,” a talk by Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary and Robinson Professor of Public Affairs and International Relations at George Mason University. 8 p.m., Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, 1441 Wiehle Ave, Reston. Free. 703-437-7733.
Vienna Town Council meeting, 8 p.m. Vienna Town Hall, Council Chambers, 127 Center St. S. 703-255-6300 or www.viennava.gov.
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., White Oaks Elementary School, cafeteria, 6130 Shiplett Blvd., Burke. 703-580-8138, www.kingsparkband.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mount Vernon At Home information session, for seniors who want to age in place in the Mount Vernon community. 11 a.m., Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. 703-303-4060.
“A Bird’s Eye View: Offshore Wind Energy,” a lecture by Alicia Berlin and Alan O’Connell. 7-8 p.m., U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston. Free, photo ID required. 703-648-4748 or www.usgs.gov/public_lecture_series.
Vienna photography lecture, Bob Meyers, photographer for Greenpeace, will speak at a meeting of the Vienna Photographic Society. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Thoreau Middle School, 2505 Cedar Lane. Free. 703-451-7298 or www.vps-va.org.
McLean Woman’s Club holiday homes tour and marketplace, tour four large homes decorated for the holidays, in River Oaks in northwest McLean. The Marketplace at Trinity United Methodist Church features 13 local vendors, a Woman’s Club bakery, lunch and dessert concession, a silent auction and tickets for the homes tour. Proceeds benefit area charity and nonprofit groups. Tickets are also available at Mesmeralda’s of McLean, Karin’s Florist in Vienna and Great Dogs of Great Falls. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd. $25 in advance, $30 day of tour. 703-556-0197 or www.mcleanwc.org.
Lunch N’ Life, a Shepherd’s Center of Annandale-Springfield luncheon with entertainment by the Golden Rays, a seniors tap dance group. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike. $10. 703-941-1419 or email@example.com.
“Les Miserables the School Edition,” McLean High School theater and choral departments present the musical based on the Victor Hugo novel. 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8, McLean High School, 1633 Davidson Rd. $8-$10. 703-714-5700 or www.brownpapertickets.com.
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