Thursday 23

ANNANDALE HIKE, nine miles, sponsored by the Sierra Club's Metropolitan Washington Regional Outings Program, bring lunch and water, no pets allowed, 10 a.m., Wakefield Park, 8100 Braddock Rd., Annandale. Optional donation, $1. 703-451-7965.

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 VS. 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.

Friday 24

CHANTILLY BAND CONCERT, Navy Band, 7:30 p.m., Westfield High School, 4700 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. Free. 202-433-2525.

Saturday 25

FAIRFAX CRAFT SHOW, to benefit the King of Kings Lutheran Church and Preschool, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., the preschool, 4025 Kings Way, Fairfax. Free admission. 703-378-7272.

BIKE TOUR, a leisurely pace on paved streets and bike trails, searching for boundary stones; bring a bike, helmet, water and lunch, sponsored by the Center Hiking Club, 9:15 a.m., meet at the entrance to the East Falls Church Metro station, under Interstate 66 on Sycamore Street, Arlington. $1. 703-243-0179.

VIENNA COPS AND KIDS FUN RUN, for ages 6-14, a one-mile run with police, refreshments, ages 6-8 must be accompanied by an adult, 10 a.m., Vienna Police Headquarters, 215 Center St. S. Free; registration required. 703-255-6360.

FALLS CHURCH FALL FESTIVAL, live music, arts and crafts, a country store, a silent auction, bingo, carnival rides, a moon bounce, laser tag, pony rides, farm animals and more, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., St. Philip's Church, 7500 St. Philip's Ct., Falls Church. Free. 703-573-3808.

ALEXANDRIA CRAFTS FAIR, crafts and baked goods for sale, a silent auction, refreshments, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8009 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria. Free admission. 703-765-1522.

ALEXANDRIA NATIVE PLANT SALE, sun and shade plants, wildflowers, ferns and shrubs for sale by the Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society, noon-4 p.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd. (3.5 miles east on Route 236 from Beltway Exit 6), Alexandria. Free admission. 703-642-5173.

IRISH FOLK FESTIVAL, three stages of traditional Irish music and dance, sponsored by the Father William Corby Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the O'Neill-Malcom Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, bring a chair and an umbrella, noon-6 p.m., Van Dyck Park, 3730 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax City. Free. 703-978-8265.

VIENNA FASHION SHOW, clothes by Draper's & Damon's, refreshments and door prizes, hosted by the Vienna Woman's Club, 1-3 p.m., Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Free. 703-938-1445.

MCLEAN CLASSICAL CONCERT, 15-year-old violinist Elizabeth Woo, sponsored by the Music Friends of the Fairfax County Public Library, followed by a reception with the performer, 2 p.m., Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. $25. 703-791-0123.

ANNANDALE BAT PROGRAM, bat specialist Leslie Sturges discusses the nocturnal creature; search for insects that attract bats, play games, make crafts and go on a scavenger hunt, 5-9 p.m., Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale. $3; reservations required. 703-941-1065.

SPRINGFIELD CLASSICAL CONCERT, Shanghai Quartet, works by Haydn and Dvorak, 4 p.m., Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 8336 Carrleigh Pkwy., Springfield. Free; donations requested. 703-451-5320.

Sunday 26

GMU CONCERT, the Jean Carrington Cook Memorial Concert features performances by students and faculty of the George Mason University Department of Music, followed by a reception, 3 p.m., the university's Center for the Arts, Fairfax. $10. 703-218-6500.

MCLEAN WINE TASTING, and silent auction, to benefit Alternative House -- Abused & Homeless Children's Refuge, 3-6 p.m., Capital One Building, 1680 Capital One Dr., McLean. $55; in advance, $50. 703-506-9191 or

RESTON COMEDY PERFORMANCE, for 18 and older, "The History of America," by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, 8 p.m., CentreStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. $20. 703-476-1111.

Monday 27

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

VIENNA AARP DRIVING PROGRAM, for 50 and older, information on the effects of aging and medication on driving, basic driving rules, license renewal, local traffic hazards and accident prevention, two-session program: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and Oct. 1, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. $10; registration required. 703-255-6360.


Frailty," three short stories about relationships, performed by Laura Zam, presented by George Mason University's College of Visual and Performing Arts, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, the university's Center for the Arts, Harris Theater, Fairfax. Free. 703-993-2787.

Tuesday 28

HERNDON PARENTING PROGRAM, for families with children 5-11, Department of Family Services of Fairfax County provides information on how to constructively guide children's behavior, dinner and child care provided, 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, through Jan. 18, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St., Herndon. Free; registration required. 703-324-7745.

FAIRFAX CITY COUNCIL MEETING, 7 p.m., Fairfax City Hall, 10455 Armstrong St. 703-385-7935.

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

FAIRFAX SQUARE DANCING, plus level dancing for singles or couples, sponsored by the Bizzy Bees Square Dance Club, 8-10 p.m., Sydney Lanier Middle School, cafeteria, 3710 Bevan Dr., Fairfax. $5 a person. 703-978-4968.

Wednesday 29

VIRGINIA AND THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, discussion of "The Battle for the Commonwealth," Del. Vivian E. Watts (D-Fairfax) and Tara Wahl, a press secretary with the Republican National Committee, discuss their parties' platforms, followed by a question-and-answer session, noon, Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Community Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Free. 703-323-3455.

"SEX WITH KINGS," Eleanor Herman discusses her book "Sex With Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry and Revenge," 7 p.m., Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Free. 703-765-3645.

Thursday 30

FAMILY ARCHIVE PROGRAM, learn how to identify and preserve items that tell your family's history, 8 p.m., Cherry Hill Farmhouse, 312 Park Ave., Falls Church. $10; reservations required. 703-248-5171.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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