Fairfax County community calendar, March 10 to 17, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011; T22

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 www.viennava.gov.

"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 schulm@erols.com.

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 www.tops.org.

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 mj.phill@yahoo.com.

"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 www.venville.gov.

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 wshshhs@gmail.com.

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 www.freetaichi.org.

Seed starting basics, learn how to expand the variety of flowers, vegetables and herbs in a garden by growing them from seed. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. $10, registration required, use program code 290 188 5001. 703-642-5173 or fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gsgp/education.htm.

Children's book sale, thousands of used books and media. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Fairfax City Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax City. $25 cents to $2. 703-293-2132.

Propagation workshop, horticulturist Tammy Burke demonstrates how to start annuals and perennials from seeds and cuttings and discusses techniques, potting material and resources. 10 a.m., Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna. Free, reservations required. 703-255-3631.

Bluegrass marathon jam session, perform or just listen. Event to benefit the Fisher House Foundation. Noon-midnight, McLean VFW Post 8241, 1051 Spring Hill Rd., McLean. Free; donations accepted. 703-883-9250 or www.fisherhouse.org.

Civil War genealogy lecture, Constance Potter and Katherine Vollen of the National Archives will review some of the Union and Confederate records and resources for researching ancestors and provide guidelines for how to get started. 1 p.m., Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria area. $10, registration required. 703-746-4848 or www.fortward.org.

Peripheral neuropathy support group, for people with peripheral neuropathy. 2-4 p.m. the second Saturday of each month., Mason District Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free. 703-548-9062.

Huntley Meadows park walk, park manager Kevin Munroe discusses the wetland restoration project and wildlife in the park. 4-6 p.m., Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Hybla Valley area. Free. 703-768-2525.

Stargazing, join astronomers and search the night sky using telescopes, make a star-finder wheel and see a light pollution demonstration. 5:30-7 p.m., Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Rd., Springfield. $3, registration required. 703-569-0285.

Art exhibits and receptions, meet fiber artist Judith Busby in Building W-6 at a reception for her exhibit "Quilted Dreams." In Building W-9, meet fiber artist Michelle Aquilino at a reception for her exhibit "Painted, Pieced and Stitched." 6-9 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. Free. 703-495-0001.

Owl campfire, meet a barred owl and listen for night sounds, then toast marshmallows around a campfire. 6-7 p.m., Cabell's Mill, 5235 Walney Rd., Centreville. $5, registration required. 703-631-0013.

Community ceili dance, with music by the Bogwanderers Ceili Band. Dances are "called;" no experience or partner required. Lesson, 7-7:30 p.m.; dance, 7:30-11 p.m., Frying Pan Farm Park visitors center, 2739 W. Ox Rd., Herndon. $15; participants 18 and younger or students with college ID, $7.50; families, $35. 703-521-4340 or www.ccepotomac.org.

Night sky festival, guided stargazing, look through a telescope and listen to the telling of ancient stories about the constellations while sitting at a campfire. Hot chocolate and snacks sold. 7-9 p.m., Riverbend Park, visitors center, 8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls. $5, reservations required. 703-759-9018.

Rocknocerous children's music, 7 p.m., Providence Presbyterian Church, Providence Nursery School, enter through the entrance nearest the gym, 9019 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. $12; in advance, $10. 703-250-6101 or www.providencenurseryschool.com.

"Met Jazz Goes Latin," the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra with percussionists Joe McCarthy and Roberto Quintero and jazz vocalist Sara Jones perform Brazilian bossa nova, Argentine tango, Afro-Cuban beats from Harlem and more. 8 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $20, $32, $40; half-price for 12th-graders and younger students accompanied by an adult. Tickets, 888-945-2468; information, 703-993-8888 or cfa.gmu.edu.

Celtic music concert, by the band Poirt O' Call. 8 p.m., Cherry Hill Farmhouse, 312 Park Ave., Falls Church. $15. 703-248-5171.

Reston Contra dance, Eva Murray calls to the music of the June Apple Band, no partner necessary. Bring snacks to share, nonalcoholic drinks provided. Beginners workshop, 7:15-8 p.m.; dance 8-10:45 p.m., Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. $8; beginners workshop, free. 703-476-4500.

Sunday, March 13

Jumper horse show, watch local residents compete in a variety of jumping classes. 9 a.m., Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 W. Ox Rd., Herndon. Spectators, free. 703-437-9101.

"The King's Gardener," Kirk Brown performs. Refreshments served. 1:30-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. $10, registration required. 703-642-5173 or fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gsgp/education.htm.

George Washington and slavery, Peter Henriques, professor emeritus at George Mason University, will present biographical sketches of six slaves of Washington. After the program, visitors will be invited to see a temporary exhibit, "From Freedom's Shadow: African Americans and the U.S. Capitol," which will close Wednesday. 2 p.m., Fairfax Museum, 10209 Main St., Fairfax. Free. 703-385-8414.

Falls Church PFLAG Support Group, meeting of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, to discuss issues relating to coming out. 3-4:30 p.m., Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church. 703-615-3834, www.pflagdc.org or valli2345@yahoo.com.

"Northern Stars," pianist Jeffrey Siegel performs a concert with commentary on music by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, Danish composer Carl Nielsen and German composer Johannes Brahms. 7 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $19, $30, $38; 12th-graders and younger students accompanied by an adult, half-price. Tickets, 888-945-2468; information, 703-993-8888 or cfa.gmu.edu.

West Garden Trio, the resident piano trio at the National Gallery performs chamber music for violin, cello and piano, followed by a "Meet the Artists" reception. 7 p.m., Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. $25; seniors and students, $15. 703-978-3934 or www.providencechurch.org.

Young artist competition finalist recital, performances by Northern Virginia high school instrumentalists, competing for a scholarship for musical education. 7 p.m., Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr., Fairfax City. Free. 703-757-0220.

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. 703-569-9828.

Monday, March 14

"How to Draw Great Big Faces," for ages 8-14, taught by artist Paul Merklein. 2:30 p.m., Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd., Burke. Free. 703-644-7333.

"The World of Turtles," for ages 6-12, a lesson by personnel from Hidden Pond Nature Center. 2:30 p.m., Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Free. 703-451-8055.

Oakton area women's domestic violence support group, for women who have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence, sponsored by the Fairfax County Victim Assistance Network of the county's Department of Family Services. 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays. Call for details, 703-704-6722.

Bereavement support group, a six-week bereavement support group. 7:30-9 p.m. Mondays, through April 18, Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. Free. 703-941-7000, www.havenofnova.org or havenofnova@verizon.net.

Tuesday, March 15

Mount Vernon Genealogical Society, genealogist Claire Bettag will discuss "Genealogical Gems in the U.S. Serial Set," a collection of published documents containing records of the U.S. Congress, executive agencies, independent commissions and other entities. 1 p.m., Hollin Hall Senior Center, Room 112 , 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Fort Hunt area. Free. 703-360-0920 or www.mvgeneaology.org.

Civil War talk, the story of Laura Ratcliffe is told by Chuck Mauro, Civil War historian, movie producer and photographer, sponsored by the Sully Foundation. Light refreshments served. 7 p.m., Cabell's Mill, 5235 Walney Rd., Centreville. Free, reservations required. 703-437-1794.

Colvin Run Community Center dance, dance to contemporary and classic dance music. No partner or experience necessary. Beginner lessons, 7-8 p.m.; dancing, 8-10:30 p.m., Colvin Run Schoolhouse, 10201 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. $10, includes lesson, dancing and refreshments. 703-450-6539, www.colvinrun.org or gailcrum3@aol.com.

Support group for stutterers, 7:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton. Free. 703-319-8382 or virginia.nsa@earthlink.net.

Wednesday, March 16

"Life After an Alzheimer's Diagnosis," learn about practical things that one can do to help a loved one plan for future care. 1:30 p.m., Alzheimer's Family Day Center, 2812 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. Free. 703-204-4664.

Domestic violence coping skills groups, for people who have been affected by sexual and/or domestic violence, sponsored by the Fairfax County Victim Assistance Network of the county's Department of Family Services. Call for details. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Free. 703-704-6722.

Pet loss support group, 7:30 p.m., Fairfax County Animal Shelter, 4500 West Ox Rd., Fairfax. Free. 703-280-2244.

Thursday, March 17

Backpacking information, for age 13 and older, discussion of overnight backpacking trips. 7-9 p.m. March 17, 24 and 31, Nottoway Park, Hunter House, 9601 Courthouse Rd., Vienna. $48, registration required. 703-759-9018.

"Lunch 'N' Life" Nepal talk, for age 50 and older, Joanna and Bruno Walker discuss their experiences trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. If transportation is needed, call 703-323-4788. Noon-2 p.m., Church of the Good Shepherd, 9350 Braddock Rd., Burke. Lunch, $8; reservations required by March 10. 703-620-0161 or www.fairfax-burkesc.org.

Snakes, featuring live pythons, boas and other snakes , program presented by Reptiles Alive. 7 p.m., Woodrow Wilson Library, 6101 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church. Free. 703-820-8774.

Vietnam Veterans meeting, decorated Vietnam veteran and military historian Doug Sterner will discuss people who pretend to be decorated military veterans with medals for combat exploits and acts of heroism. 7:30 p.m., Neighbor's Restaurant, 262-D Cedar Lane, Vienna. Free. 703-255-0353 or www.vva227.org.

Mood disorders support group, for people with mood disorders, a peer-led support group sponsored by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Falls Church. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, First Christian Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Free. 703-354-5104.

- Compiled by Jean Mack


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