Thursday 16

MCLEAN ROSE LECTURE, Ken Hrechka discusses how to exhibit roses at shows, sponsored by the Potomac Rose Society, 7:30-9:30 p.m., McLean Governmental Center, 1437 Balls Hill Rd. Free. 301-869-4948.

OFFICER'S IRAQ WAR TALK, Navy Capt. Vincent Racanelli discusses his former service as a Seabee in Iraq, sponsored by Chapter 227 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, 7:30 p.m., Neighbors Restaurant, 262D Cedar Lane, Cedar Lane Shopping Center, Vienna. Free admission; optional to buy dinner. 703-255-0353.

Friday 17

MCLEAN USED-BOOK SALE, books, CDs, videotapes and computer software, sponsored by the American Association of University Women, to benefit scholarships for women, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Free admission. 703-726-6470.

VIENNA YOUTH DANCE, for middle school students, "Retro Grooves," dress in clothing styles of the 1970s or '80s, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Club Phoenix Teen Center, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. $4. 703-255-6360.

ALEXANDRIA SENIORS DANCE, music by the Mount Vernon Swing Band, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Alexandria. $4. 703-765-4573.

Saturday 18

VIENNA PANCAKE BREAKFAST, pancakes, bacon, juice and coffee, to benefit the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, 7:30-10:30 a.m., Vienna Firehouse, 400 Center St. S. $5; ages 2-14, $2; 1 and younger, free. 703-242-4656.

POHICK BAY CANOE TRIP, led by a park naturalist, explore wildlife habitats, bring binoculars and a field guide, 8 a.m.-noon, Pohick Bay Regional Park, 6501 Pohick Bay Dr., Lorton. $25; reservations required. 703-339-6104.

FALLS CHURCH ESL CLASSES, English as a second language, beginning and intermediate, 9-10:30 a.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2034 Great Falls St., Falls Church. Free; preregistration required. 703-759-6204.

VIENNA BUTTERFLY GARDENING, horticulturist Laurie Short discusses plants that attract butterflies, 10 a.m., Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna. $5; reservations required. 703-255-3631.

FALLS CHURCH FESTIVAL, entertainment, pony rides, amusement rides, crafts, children's activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cherry Hill Park, 312 Park Ave., Falls Church. Free admission; fees for amusement rides. 703-248-5178.

CHANTILLY CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT, by reenactors of the 42nd Virginia and the 28th Massachusetts infantries, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly. Free. 703-631-0013.

FAIRFAX CRAFT SHOW, sale of art, teddy bears, dolls, doll clothes, wooden toys, furniture, baskets, photography, pottery, jewelry and stained glass, sponsored by the Robinson High School PTSA to benefit the Class of 2005's graduation party, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Robinson, 5035 Sideburn Rd., Fairfax. $3; 11 and younger, free. 703-425-1937.

HERNDON BABY-SITTING COURSE, for ages 11-14, information on responsibilities, child development, baby care, toys, games, first aid and how to handle emergencies, bring lunch, includes manual, CPR book and certificate, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave. $44. 703-787-7300.

ANNANDALE FESTIVAL, crafts, clowns, puppet shows, police and fire demonstrations, children's activities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free. 703-941-1730.

ANNANDALE RABBIT CARE CLASS, "Rabbitology I: An Introduction to Basic Companion House Rabbit Care and Behavior," sponsored by RabbitWise, a nonprofit rabbit advocacy group, 1-4 p.m., George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Tpk., Annandale. Free. 703-421-2258.

ROSE SHOW, of the Potomac Rose Society, rosarians available to answer questions, 1-9:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Landmark Mall, 5801 Duke St., Alexandria. Free admission. 301-869-4948.

HERNDON SHOWCASE OF BANDS, hosted by Herndon High School Band Parents Association, performances by more than 25 high school marching bands, 1-10 p.m., Herndon High School, 700 Bennett St. $7; students and seniors, $5. 703-406-6197.

VIENNA MODEL RAILROAD OPEN HOUSE, an operating HO-scale railroad featuring digital control, sound, smoke and structures, hosted by the Northern Virginia Model Railroaders, 1-5 p.m., Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Station, 231 Dominion Rd., Vienna. Free. 703-938-5157.

WOODLAWN PLANTATION TEA, TOUR, information on tea customs of the early 19th century; tea and period confections, followed by a tour of the historic mansion, noon and 2 p.m. seatings Saturday and Sunday, Woodlawn Plantation, 9000 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria. $25; tour of Woodlawn and Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House on the grounds of Woodlawn, $30; reservations required. 703-780-4000, Ext. 27.

ANNANDALE APPLE PROGRAM, for all ages, information on hybrids and historic breeds; make apple sauce, 2-4 p.m., Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale. $3; reservations required. 703-941-1065.

FAIRFAX SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, concert, with violinist Jamie Laredo, 8 p.m.; lecture, 7 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Fairfax. $30-$50. 703-218-6500.

Sunday 19

GREAT FALLS CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT, demonstrations by the 49th Virginia Infantry, noon-4 p.m., Colvin Run Mill, 10017 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. Free. 703-759-2771.

ALEXANDRIA TEA PROGRAM, Bernice Pivarnic of the Virginia Herbal Society discusses uses of herbs, from the medieval era to the present, followed by a full English tea, 1-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd. (3.5 miles east on Route 236 from Beltway Exit 6), Alexandria. $22; reservations required. 703-941-7987.

FAIRFAX STATION MODEL TRAIN DISPLAY, N-scale trains displayed by NTRAK model train club, 1-4 p.m., Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Rd. $2; ages 4-10, $1; 3 and younger, free. 703-425-9225.

HERNDON NATURE FEST, games, nature crafts, face painting, music and a "treasure" map of 13 nature stations, sponsored by the Herndon Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of Runnymede Park, 1-5 p.m., Runnymede, Herndon Parkway, between Elden and Queen's Row streets. Free. 703-435-6800, Ext. 2113.

FALLS CHURCH CONCERT, Red Rose Trio performs music by Clara Schumann, Debussy and Mendelssohn, 4 p.m., St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, 3222 Locker St., Falls Church. Free. 703-200-8489.

VIENNA OUTDOOR CONCERT, McLean Orchestra, music from "Peter Gunn," "The Pink Panther" and James Bond movies, 5:30 p.m., Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna. Free. 703-893-8646.

Monday 20

FAIRFAX ART SHOW AND RECEPTION, "Shimmering in the Dark," Irene Awret's works in oil and watercolor, sponsored by George Mason University, artist's talk, 4:30 p.m.; reception, 5:30-7 p.m., the university's George W. Johnson Center, Johnson Center Gallery, Fairfax. Free. 703-993-2787.

VIENNA TOWN COUNCIL MEETING, 8 p.m., Vienna Town Hall, Council Chambers, 127 Center St. S. 703-255-6303.

TERRY GROSS BOOK TALK, the host of NPR's "Fresh Air" discusses her book, "All I Did Was Ask: Conversations With Writers, Actors, Musicians and Artists," 8 p.m., CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. Free. 703-476-4500.

Tuesday 21

VIENNA YOGA CLASS, gentle exercise, wear comfortable clothing and bring a firm pillow and a yoga mat, 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays, through Nov. 9, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. $50; Vienna residents, $40; preregistration required. 703-255-6360.

ANNANDALE WRITERS PROGRAM, author William J. Brennan discusses "Writing and Publishing Your Work," 7:30 p.m., George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Tpk., Annandale. Free. 703-256-3800.

HERNDON TOWN COUNCIL MEETING, 7:30 p.m., Herndon Council Chambers, 765 Lynn St. 703-435-6804.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS TALK, Peter Stearns, provost at George Mason University, discusses "The United States and World Opinion," sponsored by the American Association of University Women, 7 p.m., Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Free. 703-442-0476.

Wednesday 22

AVIATION MUSEUM TRIP, bus transportation to the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport, two-hour tour, including historic aviation and space-travel artifacts, lunch on your own, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., bus leaves from and returns to the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna. $30; Vienna residents, $24; preregistration required. 703-255-6360.

"PRIVATE EYELASHES" TALK, Jack French discusses his book "Private Eyelashes: Radio's Lady Detectives," 7:30 p.m., Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke. Free. 703-978-5600.

TRAVEL WRITING, author Joan Leotta discusses "Pack Your Pen! Travel Writing: Journals and Journalism," 7 p.m., Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-768-6700.

VIENNA SWING DANCE LESSONS, jitterbug and swing, followed by social dancing, no partner required, Wednesdays: beginners, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; intermediates, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; dancing, 8:30-11 p.m., five weeks, Potomac Swing Dance Club, 146 E. Maple Ave., Vienna. $55, includes snacks and beverages and a one-year club membership. 703-978-0375.

Thursday 23

RESTON SENIORS BOOK GROUP, for 55 and older, discussion of "The Dogs of Babel: A Novel" by Carolyn Parkhurst, bring a bag lunch (beverages and cookies provided), 12:30-2 p.m., Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. Free. 703-476-4500.

BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION, "50 Years After Brown," a panel of civil rights and education specialists discusses the impact of the Supreme Court decision and current civil rights issues, sponsored by George Mason University, 1:30-3 p.m., the university's Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax. Free. 703-993-2251.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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