With Fall, a County Festival

The 12th annual Fall for Fairfax festival will be held Oct. 2 behind the county Government Center, featuring a variety of family entertainment, activities, music and food.

This year's event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will also include health, education, fitness and safety exhibits, hayrides, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, pony rides, crafts and face painting.

The scheduled entertainment lineup on two stages includes Baba Jamal Koram, a traditional African American storyteller; Cham Cham Payal Bajey, an Indian dance troupe; the Hayfield Secondary School Step Team; Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers; United Studios of Self-Defense, with martial arts demonstrations; El Tayrona, Colombian folklore music and dance; Jim Moyer's Circus Club; Kidsinger Jim, children's musician; Beowulf T. Wonderbunny magic show; Almost Recess, an a cappella band; and a reptile show.

Fall for Fairfax is produced by Celebrate Fairfax, which also put on the county fair in June. For more information, call 703-324-3247 or visit www.celebratefairfax.com.

Teen Starts Off Concert Series

The county library system begins its 30th season of classical music concerts with a benefit performance by 15-year-old violinist Elizabeth Woo at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Alden Theatre in McLean.

Woo will perform all 24 of Nicolo Paganini's Caprices for solo violin, the same program she has performed at Carnegie Hall.

The fundraiser, which includes a reception with the performer, supports the free concert series that runs from October through May. Tickets are $25, available at the box office or by calling Ticketmaster, 703-573-SEAT.

The first in the series of free concerts features a National Symphony Orchestra ensemble, which will perform Messaien's "Quartet for the End of Time" and other masterworks at 3 p.m. Oct. 3.

Other fall performances include pianist Edward Newman at 3 p.m. Oct. 17; a young soloists recital at 3 p.m. Nov. 7; and a second National Symphony Orchestra ensemble performing Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale" at 3 p.m. Nov. 21.

The theater is at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

McLean Hosting Wine Course

The McLean Community Center and the Greater Washington Wine School are teaming up to offer a series of wine education lectures beginning Wednesday.

The series, "Breaking the Code for Enjoying Wine," consists of five lectures lasting an hour each. Students can sign up for one or more sessions.

The topics:

* Wednesday -- Wine Basics and Component Tasting.

* Oct. 6 -- Food and Wine Pairing.

* Oct. 20 -- The History of the Grape in Winemaking.

* Oct. 27 -- Old World Wine vs. New World Techniques.

* Nov. 11 -- Value Vino.

Each session costs $35 for McLean area residents and $40 for others. The cost for the entire series is $163 for McLean residents and $175 for others.

Sessions are from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Registration is required. For more information, call 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Show to Aid Cancer Society

The annual Cabaret for the Cure will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Opus 88 lounge at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.

Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Last year the event raised about $11,000.

Produced by Ann Hazard and directed by Michael Terence, the show will feature a seven-piece combo of professional and amateur musicians, local vocalists and swing dancers. The dance group Singular Sensation will also perform.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. There is complimentary coffee and tea, and parking is free. For more information, call 301-424-2827.

Where History Meets Wine

Mount Vernon's wine festival and sunset tour will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 1 through 3.

The event, which celebrates the history of wine in Virginia, includes evening candlelight tours of the mansion and wine cellar, historic interpreters, live music and wine tastings representing 16 Virginia wineries. Visitors are asked to bring a blanket to sit on the lawn.

Fruit and cheese boxes are available for $22, by advance order. Other food and desserts will be available for purchase at the event.

Proceeds will benefit the preservation and restoration of Mount Vernon and its education programs.

Tickets are $25 a person and can be purchased at Mount Vernon's main gate or through Ticketmaster, 703-573-SEAT.

Alden Theatre Auditions

The Alden Theatre in McLean will hold open auditions for its holiday production of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" on Oct. 4 and 5.

Auditions for children ages 7 to 15 are from 3 to 6 p.m. both days; auditions for ages 16 and older are from 7 to 10 p.m. both days.

Callbacks will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 7.

No experience is necessary, and all roles are open. Actors will be paid a stipend. Those wishing to audition should bring a head shot or recent photograph and a resume. Everyone will be asked to do a cold reading from the script. Scripts and rehearsal schedules will be available at the audition.

Performance dates for the production are Dec. 10 through 19. Alden Theatre is in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 703-790-0123.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY

and STEPHEN C. FEHR