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Fairfax County community events, May 6 to 13, 2010

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thursday 6

HERNDON BIG TRUCK DAYS FOR KIDS, for children accompanied by an adult, see the town's big trucks and heavy equipment and learn about their operation. Light refreshments served, and souvenirs provided to children. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Herndon Public Works Complex, 1479 Sterling Rd. Free, donations of nonperishable food are being collected for the needy; groups should call for an appointment. 703-435-6860, or

"WRITING YOUR PERSONAL HISTORY" SYMPOSIUM, learn writing techniques used by journalists, oral storytellers and essayists. With author Tim Wendel, essayist Cheryl Somers Aubin, storyteller Nadine James and psychotherapist Deborah Ross, who has training in expressive arts and guided imagery. Bring a bag lunch or pre-order a boxed lunch. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna. $20, registration required; boxed lunch, $6.50. 703-255-7801 or

INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM, for seniors, a strength and balance class followed by a seminar on food safety. 12:15 p.m., Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, 8001 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria area. Free, registration required. 703-324-7210 or

GREEN SPRING GARDEN STROLL AND TEA, a docent-led stroll through the gardens; plus tea. 1-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. $27, registration required. 703-941-7987.

"CURTAINS," a musical backstage murder mystery set in 1959 in Boston, performed by the school's drama department. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Hayfield Secondary School, Wilburn Auditorium, 7630 Telegraph Rd., Alexandria area. $10. 703-924-7599 or

REBUILD ADULT TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY GROUP, for family members, caregivers and friends of adult traumatic brain injury survivors. 6:30-8 p.m., Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Free, registration required. 703-776-6045.

PERSONAL CARE FOR SENIORS, taught by a nurse educator, family caregivers learn to bathe, turn, assist with movement and feed. Sponsored by the Fairfax County Department of Family Services' Fairfax Area Agency on Aging. 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday and May 13 and 20, Falls Church High School, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. $30. 703-324-5432 or

TEEN BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP, a four-week group for teenagers who have lost a loved one. 5-6:30 p.m. Thursdays in May, Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. Free, registration required. 703-941-7000, or

Friday 7

TECH AIDS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, Tech Quest 2010, hosted by Fairfax County Public Library's Access Services branch, showcasing devices and resources that can help those with disabilities read and take part in other pleasures of life. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Tpk., Annandale. Free. 703-324-8380 or

VIENNA TEEN CENTER LUAU, for grades six to eight. 4 p.m., Vienna Community Center, Club Phoenix Teen Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. Free. 703-255-6360 or

PHOTOGRAPHS OF FALLS CHURCH & MUSIC, meet photographer Gary Mester and see his exhibit "The Little City," featuring photographs of people at Falls Church parades, concerts, fairs and other events. In the parking lot, hear music by the band Guava and see art exhibits, including "Grounded: Starting From the Ground Up," featuring photography by Bob Witt. 6-8 p.m., Park Avenue Gallery, 111 Park Ave., Falls Church. 703-534-4202 or

HUNKS WITH HEART CHARITY EVENT, for women, including wine, food, live jazz and auction of items donated by "hunks." To benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington D.C. 7-9 p.m., Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr., Fairfax City. $30. 703-698-7080 or

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