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Fairfax County community events, April 22 to 29, 2010

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AREA HIKING TALK, Paul Elliott discusses his book "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles, Washington, D.C.:; Including Suburban and Outlying Areas of Maryland and Virginia. 1 p.m., Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Rd., Burke. Free, registration required. 703-249-1520 or

RESTON EARTH DAY FESTIVAL, live entertainment, "green" building tours, fishing activities, children's crafts, canoe and kayak rentals, home electronic recycling and a native plant sale. 1-5 p.m., Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Dr., Reston. 703-435-7986.

"FIBER ARTS: FLEECE TO SHAWL," Workhouse Studio spinners and weavers will spin raw sheep's wool into yarn and weave a shawl, which will be raffled to benefit the Workhouse Art Center. The Foothills Weavers Guild will also be spinning and weaving a shawl. 1-5 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, the Quad, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. 703-495-0001 or

CIVIL WAR "LOVE AND LUST" LETTERS, for adults, author Thomas Lowry discusses his book "Love and Lust: Private and Amorous Letters of the Civil War." 2 p.m., Historic Blenheim House, Civil War Interpretive Center, 3610 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax City. 703-591-0560.

MOUNT VERNON STORYTELLING, for children 3-8 accompanied by an adult. Inauguration is the theme for April's storytelling sessions. 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in April, Mount Vernon, Hands-On History Room in the Donald W. Reynolds Education Center, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., south of Alexandria. $15; ages 6-11, $7; 5 and younger, free. 703-780-2000 or

THE VIRGINIA BALLET, performance of "Les Sylphides," "Firebird" and Polovtsian dances from the opera "Prince Igor." 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Tpk., Annandale. $30; children, students and seniors, $20. 703-249-8227 or

ART EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION, meet artist Gail Pean at a reception for an exhibit of her paintings, "First 1,000 hours." Twenty percent of all painting sales will be donated to the Vanessa Pean Foundation for earthquake relief in Haiti, and 10 percent will be donated to the Great Falls Library. 3-5 p.m., Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. 703-609-3092 or

CHORAL CONCERT, by the City Singers of the City Choir of Washington and the Youthful Spirits, a chorus from the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Centreville, to benefit the Reema J. Samaha and Erin Peterson scholarship funds. 7 p.m., Westfield High School, 4700 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. Donations requested. 703-402-5576.

POLKA DANCE PARTY, hosted by the Alte Kameraden German band of the City of Fairfax Band. German beer, wine, pretzels and pastries available for purchase. 7-11 p.m., Fairfax Fire Station 3, Williams Hall, 4081 University Dr., Fairfax City. $10. 703-757-0220.

HERNDON CHAMBER MUSIC RECITAL, featuring two violinists and a pianist playing music by Beethoven, Bach, Saint-Saens, Wieniawski and Sarasate. A benefit concert for the Montessori Country School in Herndon. 7:30 p.m., St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St., Herndon. 703-437-8285 or

"WOMEN'S STUDIES" FILM, an independent movie about a pregnant graduate student and her friends who are held captive by a cult of feminists who want to enslave men. Lonnie Martin, writer and director of the film, will discuss the movie before the screening. 7:30 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, Gallery W-16, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $5-$10. 703-495-0001.

CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY BLUEGRASS, concert by Cherryholmes and Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. 8 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $23, $38, $46; 12th-graders and younger students, half-price. Tickets, 888-945-2468; information, 703-993-8888

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