Thursday 7

RESTON COMMUNITY GROUPS EVENT, local clubs and other organizations provide information about their services; door prizes and light refreshments, sponsored by the Reston Association and the Reston Community Center, 6-9 p.m., Equity Office Pavilion, Reston Town Center. Free. 703-476-4500.

THE YOUNG DUBLINERS, concert, rock influenced by Irish music, 8 p.m., the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $18. Tickets, 703-218-6500; information, 703-255-1860.

Friday 8

VIENNA ANTIQUES SHOW, furniture and collectibles for sale, food available, sponsored by the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department, noon-7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. Admission, $4.50. 704-255-6360.

ALEXANDRIA GARDENING CLASSES, topics include: planting spring bulbs, 1:30-3 p.m. Friday; planting trees and shrubs, 1-3:30 p.m. Oct. 15; preparing a new bed for spring plantings, 1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 29, Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd. (3.5 miles east on Route 236 from Beltway Exit 6), Alexandria. $10 a class; three classes, $25; reservations required. 703-642-5173.

CHILDREN'S T-SHIRT PROGRAM, for middle school students, learn how to make designs on T-shirts, 6:30 p.m., Club Phoenix Teen Center, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. Free; supplies provided. 703-255-6360.

WOLF TRAP BLUES CONCERT, Chris Smither, 8 p.m., the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $18. Tickets, 703-218-6500; information, 703-255-1860.

"THE WOMAN IN BLACK," play performed by the GMU Players, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, George Mason University, Center for the Arts, Black Box Theater, Fairfax. Free. 703-993-2787.

Saturday 9

POHICK BAY CANOE TRIP, explore wildlife habitats on a trip guided by a park naturalist, 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.

ALEXANDRIA GARDENING WORKSHOP, information on propagation and storage techniques for perennials and tropical plants, 9-10:30 p.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd. (3.5 miles east on Route 236 from Beltway Exit 6), Alexandria. $18; reservations required. 703-642-5173.

DEL. SHANNON OPEN MEETING, residents of the 35th District are invited to meet with Virginia Del. Stephen C. Shannon (D-Fairfax) to discuss issues, 10 a.m.-noon, Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Free. 703-255-5555.

U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OPEN HOUSE, exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities relating to natural science, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., USGS National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston. Free. 703-648-5000.

FAIRFAX CITY FALL FESTIVAL, more than 400 juried craftspeople and food vendors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Fairfax City, shuttle bus service from George Mason University, Woodson High School and Fairfax High School. Admission, $3. 703-385-7858.

MCLEAN FAMILY ART PROGRAM, for parents and children, a tour of an exhibit of drawings and paintings of animals and landscapes by Steven Sommovigo; participants create a work in watercolor or pastel, 10-11 a.m., McLean Project for the Arts, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Free. 703-790-1953.

FALLS CHURCH FARM DAY, 12th annual event, hayrides, pony rides, a petting farm, scarecrow-making, pumpkin-painting, a blacksmith, corn-shelling and more, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Cherry Hill Park, 312 Park Ave., Falls Church. Free. 703-248-5178.

VIENNA FIRE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE, fire engine and ambulance tours, fire hose spraying, children's activities, balloons, prizes and refreshments, to celebrate Fire Prevention Week, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, 400 Center St. S. Free. 703-938-2678.

VIENNA ORNAMENTAL GRASSES TOUR, horticulturist Laurie Short leads a garden tour, discussing the use, care and propagation of ornamental grasses, 10 a.m., Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna. Free; reservations required. 703-255-3631.

VIENNA TEEN BAND CONCERT, for high school students, local bands perform, 7-11 p.m., Club Phoenix Teen Center, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. $5. 703-255-6360.

WOLF TRAP JAZZ CONCERT, pianist Brad Mehldau, 7:30 p.m., the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $20. Tickets, 703-218-6500; information, 703-255-1860.

FAIRFAX CLASSICAL CONCERT, by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with pianist Christopher O'Riley, 8 p.m.; discussion, 7:15 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax. $55, $47, $27.50. 703-218-6500.

MCLEAN ORCHESTRA CONCERT, performance of Mozart's Overture to "Don Giovanni," Elgar's "Enigma Variations" and Beethoven's Concerto for Violin in D, 8 p.m., Oakcrest School, 850 Balls Hill Rd., McLean. $23; seniors and students, $20; 12 and younger, $5. 703-893-8646.

Sunday 10

RESTON DOG WALK, walkers and their dogs take a guided tour along Reston paths, pets must wear a maximum six-foot non-retractable leash, sponsored by the Reston Historic Trust, 1:30 p.m., meet at the Reston Museum, 1639 Washington Plaza, Lake Anne Village Center. $5; reservations required. 703-709-7700.

RESTON TEA DANCE, for 18 and older, fox trot, swing, cha-cha and waltz to recorded music; dance lessons, door prizes and refreshments available, no partner necessary, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. $3. 703-476-4500.

Monday 11

ALEXANDRIA PIPE ORGAN PROGRAM, "The Sights and Sounds of the Pipe Organ," about the history, music, design and construction of the instrument, including videos and still photos projected on a large screen and an organ performance of "Thou Art the Rock," by Henri Mulet, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists; a question-and-answer session and a reception follow, 7:30 p.m., Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Fort Hunt and Collingwood roads, Alexandria. Free. 703-765-6555.

Tuesday 12

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.

ACCORDION MUSIC, folk musician Wendy Morrison plays several vintage accordions, bring your instrument and music stand and play or just listen, sponsored by the Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society, 7:30 p.m., Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church, 3435 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Falls Church. Free. 703-671-5395.

TALK BY CARTOONIST FEIFFER, Jules Feiffer discusses his work, sponsored by Nextbook Metro Washington DC, 7:30 p.m., Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr., Fairfax. Free; registration required. 888-621-2230.

HERNDON ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCING, no partner necessary, all dances taught by leader Barbara Harding, with flutist Colleen Reed, 7:45-10 p.m., Harding Hall, 730 Jackson St., Herndon. $3. 703-437-3615.

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. 703-978-4968.

Thursday 14

FAIRFAX CITY USED-BOOK SALE, fiction and nonfiction, including books on art, architecture, cooking, gardening, travel, hobbies, military history, science, travel, women's studies and more, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16, Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Rd. Free admission. 703-293-6227.

WOLF TRAP CABARET CONCERT, jazz

singer Jane Monheit, 8 p.m., the Barns of

Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $25. Tickets, 703-218-6500; information, 703-255-1860.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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