Prince William County community calendar, Feb. 14 to 21, 2013

February 13, 2013
Thursday, Feb. 14

“Weapons Platoon: A Marine’s Life in Afghanistan,” photographs by Stephen Dupont, who was embedded with a Marine platoon in 2009. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle. Free. 877-635-1775.

“Rayhart,” an acrylic exhibit exploring the rhythm of music and figurative themes. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 1-5 p.m. Saturdays, through March 16, Center for the Arts, Caton Merchant Family Art Gallery, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. Free. 703-330-2787 or www.center-for-the-arts.org.

Baldwin Elementary School exhibit, “paper people” decorated by Baldwin first-graders honoring the 225th anniversary of the Constitution. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, Tuesdays-Thursdays, through Feb. 28, Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. $5; seniors and children, $4; Baldwin students and their families, free. 703-368-1873.

AARP income tax preparation, help for seniors and low-to-moderate income taxpayers, with trained volunteers. Noon Thursdays, through Feb. 25, Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas. 703-792-4530.

Spanish chat, bring lunch and practice speaking Spanish. Noon-2 p.m., Central Community Library, 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas. 703-361-8211.

Children’s Lit Writers Group, 6:30 p.m., Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. 703-792-4800.

African American book group, participants discuss “Courting Justice” by Brenda Jackson. 7 p.m., Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge. 703-494-8126.

Historic courtship customs, a lecture and dinner; learn about dating customs and dinner etiquette of the 18th and 19th centuries. 7 p.m., Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Ave., Manassas. $25, reservations required. 703-792-4754.

Dale City Civic Association meeting, 7:30 p.m., Birchdale Recreation Area, 14730 Birchdale Ave., Dale City. 703-670-3291.

Thomas Jefferson Toastmasters Club, regular meeting. 7:30 p.m., Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 14999 Birchdale Ave., Dale City. $66 annual dues. 703-590-2926.

Toastmasters International, Woodbridge club. 7:30 p.m., Ebenezer Baptist Church, 13020 Telegraph Rd., Woodbridge. $39 membership fee. 703-731-2120.

Friday, Feb. 15

AARP income tax preparation, help for taxpayers 60 and older or those with low incomes. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, through April 15, Woodbridge Senior Center, 13850 Church Hill Dr., Woodbridge. Appointments required. 703-792-5082.

Saturday, Feb. 16

Manassas farmers market, 10 a.m. Saturdays, Parking Lot B, West Street (next to the train station visitors center). 703-361-6599 or www.visitmanassas.org.

“A Tribute to the Dream,” George Mason University’s Potomac Arts Academy and School of Music, the Mason Wind Symphony and Vocal Studies students, Mason gospel choir, members of the Zion Baptist Church senior choir and the Swans Creek Elementary School chorus perform Joseph Schwanter’s “New Morning for the World,” “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” “We Are the Children” and other spirituals. 11 a.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. $10, students and seniors $5. 703-993-7759.

“The Underground Railroad: Network to Freedom,” 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge. $5/car. 703-583-6904.

“The Enslaved of Ben Lomond Plantation,” learn about the community that worked at Ben Lomond growing tobacco, corn and wheat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas. $5, age 5 and younger, free. 703-367-7872.

Storyteller Diane Macklin, interactive stories from African and black traditions. 1 p.m., Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge. Free, registration required. 703-494-8126.

Pakistani cooking demonstration and tasting, part of the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Program series. 2 p.m., Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. Free, registration required. 703-792-4800.

Science fiction book club, participants discuss “The Alloy of Law” by Brandon Sanderson. 2:30 p.m., Central Community Library, 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas. 703-361-8211.

Washington Metro Investment Club, 4 p.m., McCoart Administration Building, 1 County Complex Ct., Woodbridge. Free. 703-801-1465 or lavoy12@yahoo.com.

Sunday, Feb. 17

Arlo Guthrie, the renowned folk singer brings his blend of music and storytelling to the Hylton Center in a performance commemorating the centennial of the birth of his legendary father, Woody Guthrie. 7 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. $32, $40, $48. 703-993-7759.

Monday, Feb. 18

Lake Jackson Mid County Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Hibachi Buffet and Sushi, 8121 Sudley Rd., Manassas. 703-791-5227.

Prince William Community Band, rehearsal, for musicians 19 and older, no auditions necessary. 7:30 p.m., Saunders Middle School, 13557 Spriggs Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-791-4119 or www.pwcb.org.

Woodbridge Community Choir, members rehearse for the spring concert season. No auditions required. Registration, 7 p.m.; rehearsal, 7:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Covenant, 15008 Cloverdale Ave., Dale City. $30 membership fee. 703-491-1820 or www.woodbridgecommunitychoir.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Retirement living lunch and learn, a session for seniors about living in a continuing care retirement community. 11 a.m., Westminster at Lake Ridge, 12191 Clipper Dr., Lake Ridge. Free, reservations required. 703-496-3440.

Matinee Idylls: OperaBelle, sopranos, including Prince William’s Angela Knight, perform after lunch, followed by a coffee and dessert reception with the artists. 12:30 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. $38. 703-993-7759.

Prince William Chorale, rehearsal, new members welcome. 7-8:45 p.m. Tuesdays, New Hope Christian Church, 8310 Plantation Lane, Manassas. Free. 703-732-0128 or www.pwchorale.webs.com.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

English Conversation Club, new speakers of English practice their skills. 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. 703-792-4800.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees, a meeting for Chapter 356. Lunch at 11:30 a.m.; meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. Hibachi Buffet and Sushi, 8121 Sudley Rd., Manassas. Free; attendees pay for their lunch. 703-361-4677.

Book discussion group, this month’s selection is “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain. 1 p.m., Central Community Library, 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas. 703-361-8211.

Legal aspects of divorce, by lawyer Catherine Croft, sponsored by the Women’s Center. 7-9 p.m., Farrell & Croft, 9324 Main St., Manassas. $55, registration required. 703-281-4928, Ext. 205 or www.thewomenscenter.org.

Lake Ridge Toastmasters Club, an open house for Lake Ridge Club 8913. 7:30 p.m., Tall Oaks Community Center, 12298 Cotton Mill Dr. $62 membership fee. 703-491-3020.

Prince William Art Society meeting, Jill Banks will discuss her work. 7:30 p.m., Canterbury Woods Community Center, 12184 Chaucer Lane, Lake Ridge. Free. 703-670-9437 or www.princewilliamartsociety.org.

Thursday, Feb. 21

“Lest We Forget: A Conference on Enslavement and Emancipation,” examining the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation, with roundtable discussions, keynote speakers and historical reenactors. Bus tours of local historic sites available at additional cost. Thursdays, through Feb. 23, Hylton Memorial Chapel, 14640 Potomac Mills Rd., Woodbridge. Free, registration recommended. 703-385-2723 or www.manassasbullrun.com.

“Washington and Rochambeau’s Path to Destiny,” a living history account of Gen. George Washington’s trek along King’s Highway in 1781, sponsored by the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division. 7 p.m., Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-792-4754.

Third Thursday Thrillers book group, this month’s book is “The Last Kashmiri Rose” by Barbara Cleverly. 7 p.m., Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge. 703-494-8126.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane

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