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Fairfax County community calendar, March 10 to 17, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thursday, March 10

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-Fridays, Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department, 7011 Backlick Rd. $10-$25. 703-541-3139.

Vienna "green" seminar, on geothermal energy solutions, sponsored by Vienna and the Community Enhancement Commission. 7-8:30 p.m., Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. Free, registration required. 703-255-6360 or

"Ghosts, Haunting and Spooky Tales From the Civil War," Walter Gavenda tells tales of Civil War soldiers and slaves. "A Guide to Haunted West Virginia," written by Gavenda and Michael T. Shoemaker, will be available for purchase. 7:30 p.m., McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Free. 703-442-9370 or

Lupus support group, for lupus patients, led by professionals, sponsored by the Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Washington Chapter. Noon, the second Thursday of each month, Reston Hospital Center, West Wing, 1850 Town Center Pkwy., Reston. Free. 703- 689-9240 or 1-888-349-1167.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, a weight-loss support group with weekly weigh-ins and educational programs. 6:45 p.m. Thursdays, Bruen Chapel United Methodist Church, 3035 Cedar Lane, Fairfax. Annual membership, $26; monthly fee, $6. 703-534-9335 or

Cancer support group, facilitated by two nurses. A family member is also welcome. 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Grace Presbyterian Church, library, 7434 Bath St., Springfield. Free. 703-642-6533 or

"24, 7, 365," Theater of the First Amendment presents a play about people who are happy all the time. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, George Mason University, Harris Theater, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $25-$30. 703-993-8888.

Friday, March 11

Family skate night, bring roller or in-line skates and safety equipment. Parents must stay with their children and are welcome to skate. 6:30-8 p.m., Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna. $1. 703-255-6360 or

Movie, watch "The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream," followed by a discussion about how it could relate to life in Reston. 7-9 p.m., Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Dr., Reston. Free, reservations required; donations to benefit Friends of Reston and Fairfax Coalition for Smarter Growth/Sustainable Reston. 703-715-1002.

Capitol Steps, political satire performance sponsored by the school's History Honor Society. 7:30 p.m., West Springfield High School, 6100 Rolling Rd., Springfield. $30; in advance, $25. 703-913-8635 or

Saturday, March 12

Birds and bagels, a walk to search for waterfowl, then warm up with hot drinks and bagels. 8-10:30 a.m., Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Hybla Valley area. $8, registration required. 703-768-2525.

Tai chi beginners practice, a gentle exercise. No special clothing or equipment needed. 8-9 a.m. Saturdays, through March 26, St. Luke Catholic School, gymnasium, 7005 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Free. 703-759-9141 or

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