Holiday Event? Get Listed! Weekend will publish its annual guide to Christmas, Hanukah and other winter holiday activities on Dec. 2. If you would like us to include your concert, pageant, children's show or similar event, mail a detailed description -- with dates, times, prices, street address and a telephone number that we may print -- to Holiday Happenings, Weekend, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071-5650. This is in addition to information you may wish to submit for our regular weekly listings. Our deadline is Nov. 18. Craft fairs and religious services cannot be included.

Going Downhill Fast

Explore the hottest new equipment, clothing and accessories and learn about ski resorts around the region and across the continent at the 18th annual National Ski and Snowboard Expo Friday from noon to 8, Saturday from 10 to 8 and Sunday from 11 to 6 at Dulles Expo Center. There will also be all-day screenings of Warren Miller's latest ski action film, "Higher Ground," an interactive virtual reality racing pavilion, a Rail Jam snowboard competition and a snowshoe demonstration park. Admission is $10, including the movie (ages 7 and younger free). The center is on Willard Road off Route 28 in Chantilly. Call 703-912-9332 or 703-378-0910, or visit

Remembering the Veterans

* A Veterans Day commemoration begins Friday at 11 at Arlington National Cemetery (Metro: Arlington Cemetery).

A wreath will be placed at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and a ceremony will follow in the amphitheater. Visitors must be seated by 10:30. Free buses will operate between the visitors center parking lot and the ceremony. Call 703-607-8000.

* At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, at 22nd Street and Constitution Avenue NW, a ceremony begins Friday at 12:50. Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is the keynote speaker. Call 202-393-0090.

* A wreath-laying ceremony begins Friday at 1 at the U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Metro: Archives- Navy Memorial). Call 202-737-2300.

* A wreath-laying ceremony with remarks by dignitaries begins Friday at 3:30 at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, at the main gate to Arlington National Cemetery. Call 703-533-1155 or 800-222-2294.

Two Tall Tales

As part of its continuing cutting-edge Etcetera! series, the Kennedy Center is presenting two productions by three international companies this week:

* The Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa and the Sogolon Puppet Troupe of Mali merge 60 bigger- than-life-size puppets and 13 actors with music, dance and video projections in "Tall Horse," a tale of a giraffe captured in Sudan in 1827 and shipped to France as a gift for the king, Friday and Saturday at 8 in the Eisenhower Theater. Tickets cost $15 to $25.

* Britain's Propeller Theatre Company stages an all-male production of "The Winter's Tale," Shakespeare's story of a vengeful king who lives to regret his jealous rage, Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 in the Terrace Theater. Tickets cost $25.

For Kennedy Center tickets and information, call 202-467-4600 or visit

Bargains on Stage

* Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company opens the world premiere of S.M. Shephard-Massat's "Starving" with "pay-what-you-can" previews Monday and Tuesday at 8. Set in the 1950s, the play portrays an era of change in African American history through the lens of one Atlanta apartment building. The bargain seats go on sale 90 minutes before each show at the box office, at 641 D St. NW (Metro: Gallery Place, Archives-Navy Memorial). The run continues through Dec. 18. Regular prices are $30 to $48. Call 202-393-3939.

* The Olney Theater Center, at 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney, opens "Oliver!" with a "pay-what-you-can" preview Tuesday at 7:30 (tickets go on sale at 6:30). The musical adaptation of Dickens's "Oliver Twist," about the orphan who wanted more, concludes its run Dec. 31. Regular prices are $29 to $39, half- price for ages 18 and younger. Call 301-924-3400.

Park and Shop

Explore decorative arts, glassware, jewelry, kaleidoscopes, toys, books, CDs and other goodies from the Freer Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Textile Museum and more than a dozen other local museum shops at the 16th annual Museum Shop Around in the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda (Metro: Grosvenor-Strathmore). The Shop Around will be open Friday and Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 10 to 5. Admission is $8, ages 4 to 12 $4, younger free. Call 301-581-5100.

Hey, Ducks!

Wildlife paintings and sculptures, carved duck decoys and other creations by nearly 400 artists will be shown during the 35th annual Waterfowl Festival Friday and Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 10 to 4 at sites throughout Easton, Md., on the Eastern Shore off U.S. 50. The World Championship Goose Calling Contest, the World Championship Live Duck Calling Contest and the Mason-Dixon Regional Duck Calling Contest are scheduled at Easton High School; finals begin Saturday at 7. Labrador and golden retrievers will chase and fetch daily at 11, 1 and 3 at Talbot Commerce Park. A wine-tasting pavilion and a sportsmen's pavilion are new this year. Folk and bluegrass bands will perform all weekend, and vendors will sell crab cakes, crab soup and other snacks. Admission is $12 per day, ages 12 and younger free. Call 410-822-4567 or visit

Sounds Around Town

* Original British bluesman John Mayall, now 71 and still on the road, sings with his Bluesbreakers Friday at 8 at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall at George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Tickets cost $20 to $40 from To order, call 888-945-2468 (service charges added); for information, call 703-993-8888. See Spotlight on Page 7.

* Star classical guitarist Christopher Parkening plays with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Saturday at 8 at George Mason University's Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The program includes music by Vivaldi and Gershwin, and a new concerto by film composer Elmer Bernstein. Tickets cost $35 to $60 from To order, call 888-945-2468 (service charges added); for information, call 703-827-0600.

* The Cathedral Choral Society sings Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" and Samuel Barber's "Toccata Festiva," both conducted by National Symphony Orchestra Music Director Leonard Slatkin, and other 20th-century works by Arnold Schoenberg and Eric Zeisl Sunday at 4 at Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Tickets cost $20 to $60. Call 202-537-5527.

-- Compiled by Barry Barriere

Cuffs from the National Museum of Women in the Arts will be available at Strathmore's Museum Shop Around, Friday through Sunday.