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Thursday 24

PRESIDENTIAL JOURNALISTS, "Meet the Journalists: Inside the West Wing Beat," discussion led by journalists Alexis Simendinger of the National Journal, Paula Wolfson of Voice of America and Ken Bazinet of the New York Daily News, and historian Martha Kuman, 7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. Free. 703-323-0880.

Friday 25

HISTORIC SULLY LANTERN TOUR, a guided tour of the 1794 house and candlelit outbuildings and grounds, 6-7:45 p.m., Sully Historic Site, 3601 Sully Rd., Chantilly. $6; seniors and children, $4; reservations required. 703-437-1794.

FAIRFAX CITY JAZZ CONCERT, Crotty and O'Neill Quintet, 8 p.m., Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr., Fairfax City. Free. 703-352-2787.

VIENNA YOUTH RECREATION, for sixth-graders, a program of arts and recreation combined, 6-8 p.m., Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. Free; preregistration required. 703-255-6360.

"THE VELVETEEN RABBIT," for children, dance performance by ODC/San Francisco, 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday; arrive an hour early for a "family movement" workshop and bunny ears, whiskers and pink noses, George Mason University, Center for the Arts, Fairfax. $25; 11 and younger, $12.50. 703-218-6500.

BERLIN PHILHARMONIC WIND QUINTET, concert, 8 p.m., the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $30. Tickets, 703-218-6500; information, 703-255-1860.

Saturday 26

RESTON CLASSICAL MUSIC TRIO, for 9 and older, the Ahn Trio, three sisters from Korea, perform on violin, piano and cello, 3 p.m., Reston Community Center, CenterStage, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. $15. 703-476-1111.

FAIRFAX CITY GERMAN MUSIC, a City of Fairfax Band concert honoring the 25th anniversary of its Alte Kameraden band, 8 p.m., Fairfax High School, auditorium, 3500 Old Lee Hwy. $8; seniors and students, $5. 703-757-0220.

VIENNA BABY-SITTING CLASS, for 12 and older, learn how to care for infants and young children, with bathing, diapering, games and activities and basic first aid, bring a bag lunch and a doll, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. $30, includes manual and certificate upon completion; preregistration required. 703-255-6360.

RESTON BOOKS AND BRUNCH, talks by authors Tony Horwitz and Howard Means, plus brunch and a silent auction, hosted by the Assistance League of Northern Virginia, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Hidden Creek Country Club, 1711 Clubhouse Rd., Reston. $40. 703-758-8454.

STERLING PUPPET SHOW, Carousel Puppets present "Monster Revue," a musical variety show with large marionettes, hand puppets and rod puppets, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. $6. 703-444-9426.

SPIES OF WASHINGTON TOUR, a three-hour bus tour of areas in Northern Virginia and Washington associated with intelligence and counterintelligence activities for the past 200 years, plus a two-hour tour of the International Spy Museum in Washington, snacks and beverages provided, hosted by the Cold War Museum, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., bus departs from the Pentagon City Metro station. $55; reservations required. 703-273-2381 or

CHANTILLY CRAFTS FAIR, more than 100 craftspeople and artists show and sell their works, sponsored by the Chantilly High School Athletic Boosters, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Chantilly High School, 4201 Stringfellow Rd. Free admission. 703-378-5222.

Sunday 27

POHICK BAY CANOE/KAYAK TOUR, for 16 and older, tour in a canoe or kayak, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, no experience required, 2:30-6:30 p.m., Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton. $20; preregistration required. 703-339-6104.

ANNANDALE CHORAL CONCERT, the Annandale High School Choral Department performs with a student choir from Eppelheim, Germany, 7:30 p.m., Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike. Free. 703-903-3436.

RESTON NATURE WALK, lead by naturalist Nancy Davis, about three miles along a trail, wear walking shoes or hiking boots, 1:30-4 p.m., meet at Reston Museum, Lake Anne Plaza. Donations requested. 703-709-7700.

ALEXANDRIA BEGONIA PROGRAM, a botanist shows slides of begonias grown in Southeast Asia, 2-4 p.m., a meeting of the Potomac Branch of the American Begonia Society, Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd. (3.5 miles east on Route 236 from Beltway Exit 6), Alexandria. Free; preregistration required.


ALEXANDRIA STONEWARE, CERAMICS, artist Lelia Holtzman displays her stoneware, platters and vases, and Alfredo Ratinoff shows his ceramics and tiles, 3-5 p.m., Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria. Free. 703-765-5950.

GMU PIANO CONCERT, "Passion, Poetry and Popularity," performed by Jeffrey Siegel, works by Beethoven, Schubert and Weber, 7 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts, Fairfax. $37.50 and $32.50; 12 and younger, half-price. 703-218-6500.

FAIRFAX CITY ART AUCTION, art in all media, prizes and appetizers, sponsored by Fairfax High School baseball; preview, 6 p.m.; auction, 7 p.m., Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr., Fairfax City. $5. 703-502-1790.

Monday 28

FAIRFAX COUNTY BOARD MEETING, Board of Supervisors, 9:30 a.m., Fairfax County Government Center, Board Auditorium, 12000 Government Center Pkwy. 703-324-3151.

SENIORS DRIVING PROGRAM, AARP 55 Alive Mature Driving Program, information on the effects of aging and medications on driving, basic driving rules, license renewal, local traffic hazards, adverse road conditions and accident prevention, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and Nov. 4, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. $10; preregistration required. 703-255-6360.

VIENNA COALITION KIDS PROGRAM, for fifth- and sixth-graders, make new friends, perform community service and participate in anti-violence prevention programs; co-sponsored by the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department, 2-3:30 p.m., Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. $10 for refreshments and supplies; preregistration required. 703-255-6360.

Tuesday 29

GMU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, performance of "An American Tribute," 8 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts, Fairfax. $7; students and seniors, $5. 703-218-6500.

"THE BELLE OF AMHERST," New York City actress Mary Wadkins performs the one-woman play about the poet Emily Dickinson, 2 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 703-845-6047.

Wednesday 30

GMU OPERA PERFORMANCE, Squonk Opera performs "Burn," 8 p.m.; discussion, 7:15 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts, Fairfax. $15-$30; 11 and younger, half-price. 703-218-6500.

Thursday 31

WOLF TRAP JAZZ CONCERT, Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, 8 p.m., the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $18. Tickets, 703-218-6500; information, 703-255-1860.

-- Compiled by Jean Mack

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