Thursday 14

CENTREVILLE CIVIL WAR PROGRAM, historian Bill Styple discusses newspaper correspondents who covered the Civil War, sponsored by the Bull Run Civil War Round Table, 7:15 p.m., Centreville Regional Library, 142 St. Germain Dr. Free. 703-675-0702.

Friday 15

"HEAVAN CAN WAIT," a play performed by the Providence Players, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Oct. 22, 23, 29 and 30, 2 p.m. Oct. 24, James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church. $15; seniors and 18 and younger, $10. 703-425-6782.

ALEXANDRIA OSCAR WILDE PLAY, the Aldersgate Church Community Theater performs "The Importance of Being Earnest," 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Oct. 22, 23, 29 and 30, 3 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 24 and 31, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria. $12; seniors and students, $10. 703-799-7061.

VIRGINIA OPERA COMPANY, performance of Puccini's "Turandot," in Italian with English supertitles, 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday; discussion 45 minutes before each performance, George Mason University, Center for the Arts, Fairfax. $84, $68, $44. 704-218-6500.

WOLF TRAP CLASSICAL CONCERT, flutist Eugenia Zukerman and the Jacques Thibaud String Trio, 8 p.m., the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $35. Tickets, 703-218-6500; information, 703-255-1860.

VIENNA THEATRE COMPANY, performance of the spy story "Pack of Lies," 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Oct. 22, 23, 29 and 30, 2 p.m. Oct. 24, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. $9; students and seniors, $8. 703-255-6360.

Saturday 16

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 Saturday and Sunday, Pohick Bay Regional Park, 6501 Pohick Bay Dr., Lorton. $25; reservations required. 703-339-6104.

ALEXANDRIA STONE WALL WORKSHOP, learn the basics of wall building, including planning and layout, cutting stone, fitting techniques and tools, 9 -- 11 a.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.

FAIRFAX CITY 5K RUN, and one-mile walk, through residential areas; awards, prizes and refreshments, sponsored by Truro Preschool and Kindergarten to provide tuition to needy families, 9 a.m., Truro, 10520 Main St., Fairfax City. $20; 17 and younger, $10; children in strollers, free. 703-691-1006 or www.truropreschool.org.

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOP, for high school students, parents, college undergraduates and graduates, a seminar led by Marianne Ragins, author of a guide on how to find and obtain scholarship money, 9 a.m.-noon, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. Free; preregistration required. 703-476-4500.

ALEXANDRIA CRAFT SHOW, more than 40 craftspeople sell their works; plus a silent auction, door prizes and food, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Alexandria. Free admission. 703-765-4573.

ALEXANDRIA GARDENING WORKSHOP, landscape designer Sandy Austin discusses creating colorful combinations with perennials, outdoor event, 9:30-11 a.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd. (3.5 miles east on Route 236 from Beltway Exit 6), Alexandria. $15; reservations required. 703-642-5173.

VIENNA FALL GARDEN PROGRAM, Doris Rodriguez, chief horticulturist of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, discusses fall flowering bulbs, perennials and shrubs during a tour of the gardens, 10 a.m., Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna. Free; reservations required. 703-255-3631.

RESTON HOUSE TOURS, self-guided, five privately owned homes in Reston, sponsored by the Reston Historic Trust, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., tickets and information on each home available at the Reston Museum, 1639 Washington Plaza, Lake Anne Village Center. $25. 703-709-7700.

MCLEAN 18TH-CENTURY FAIR, demonstrations of 18th-century spinning, dyeing, basket making, woodworking, pewter work, cabinetmaking and apple bobbing; plus a gunsmith, a puppet show, live music, dancing, singing and food, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Claude Moore Colonial Farm, 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. $5; ages 3-12 and seniors, $2.50; 2 and younger, free. 703-442-7557.

RESTON KIDS AUTUMN ADVENTURE, arts and crafts, scarecrows, hayrides, a hay maze, face painting, noon-5 p.m.; a children's costume parade, 1:30 p.m.; trick or treating, 4-5 p.m., to benefit Reston Interfaith's programs; event held at Pavilion at Reston Town Center. $5; adults accompanying children, free. 703-476-9377.

DESEGREGATION LECTURE, Sydney A. Trent discusses "Before Brown: The Enduring Legacy of One 15-Year-Old's Fight for School Desegregation," part of the University of Virginia's Social Foundations lecture series, 1-2:30 p.m., UVA's Northern Virginia Center, 7054 Haycock Rd., Falls Church. Free; preregistration required. 703-536-1128.

HISTORIC HUNTLEY OPEN HOUSE, guided tours of the Federal-style villa built in 1825 by George Mason's grandson, Thomas F. Mason, plus a puppet show, a scavenger hunt and light refreshments, 1-3 p.m., 6918 Harrison Lane, Alexandria. Free. 703-768-2525.

ALEXANDRIA POLKA PARTY, Polish food and dancing to the polka music of Tommy Thomas, sponsored by the Mount Vernon Knights of Columbus; dinner, 6:30-8 p.m.; dancing, 8 p.m.-midnight, Council Hall, 8592 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria. $25; cash bar with beer and wine; reservations required. 703-360-1964.

ALEXANDRIA RUSSIAN MUSIC, the Washington Balalaika Society folk orchestra performs romances and waltzes, 7:30 p.m., Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Ave., Alexandria. $20; students and seniors, $18. 703-644-9151.

MCLEAN SYMPHONY CONCERT, works by Mozart, Respighi, Hovhaness and Paganini, 7:30 p.m., Alden Theater, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. $20. 703-790-0123.

NOEL PAUL STOOKEY CONCERT, a member of Peter, Paul and Mary, Stookey sings folk music, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $15. Tickets, 703-218-6500; information, 703-255-1860.

FALLS CHURCH CHORAL CONCERT, Choralis performs John Rutter's "Mass of the Children" and works by other British composers, 8 p.m., Falls Church Presbyterian Church, 225 E. Broad St. $30, $25; seniors and students, $20. 703-237-2499.

Sunday 17

DUNN LORING CRAB FEAST, all-you-can-eat, with live bluegrass music and door prizes, sponsored by the Merrifield Lions Club, 1-4 p.m., Dunn Loring Fire Department, 2128 Gallows Rd. $28; children, $12. 703-527-6030.

TASTE OF COLVIN RUN MILL, watch a miller grind whole wheat flour, yellow and white cornmeal and yellow and white grits; sample bread, cookies, muffins and grits; play games and make crafts; listen to the Fairfax Symphony's German band, noon-4 p.m., Colvin Run Mill, 10017 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. $5; seniors and ages 3-15, $3; 2 and younger, free. 703-759-2771.

ALEXANDRIA TEA PROGRAM, learn how to fold napkins to create a festive table setting, 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, the Northern Virginia NTRAK club displays N-scale model trains, 1-4 p.m., Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Rd. $2; ages 4-10, $1; 3 and younger, free. 703-425-9225.

MCLEAN CLASSICAL PIANO CONCERT, Edward Newman, sponsored by the Music Friends of the Fairfax County Public Library, 3 p.m., Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Free. 703-324-8344.

Monday 18

RESTON HISTORY PROGRAM, for 55 and older, historian Sarah Larson discusses Reston's rapid transformation and its possible future, 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays, through Nov. 22, Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, 1609-A Washington Plaza. $30; Reston residents, $15; preregistration required. 703-689-3550.

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

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

GMU CONCERT, by the George Mason University Band and Wind Symphony, 8 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax. $7; students and seniors, $5. 703-218-6500.

Tuesday 19

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CLINICS, learn about different kinds of emergencies and how to make a disaster kit for the first 72 hours of an emergency and prepare a communication plan; information provided by representatives of the American Red Cross and the county's Citizen Corps, 7:30-9:30 p.m., two locations: Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke, 703-324-3179, and Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston, 703-805-2332. Free; preregistration recommended.

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

ANNANDALE ISRAELI DANCE CLASS, for all skills, 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Annandale. $5. 301-982-0937.

WOLF TRAP VOCAL CONCERT, Israeli singer Chava Alberstein, 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $25. Tickets, 703-218-6500; information, 703-255-1860.

Wednesday 20

MCLEAN ORGAN RECITAL, Edward A. Moore performs music by Bach, Shearing, Rawsthorne and Franck, 1 p.m., St. Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Free. 703-356-0670.

CHILDREN'S CRAFT PROGRAM, for ages 3-5, making Popsicle stick scarecrows, 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, 10-11 a.m. Oct. 21, Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd. (3.5 miles east on Route 236 from Beltway Exit 6), Alexandria. $5; reservations required. 703-642-5173.

Thursday 21

OlD TOWN HALL MUSIC, oboist Eric Wagner, clarinetist Betsy Reveal and bassoonist Mark Noble; soprano Harlie Sponaugle and pianist Barbara Wilkinson; and a piano duet by Sophia Pallas and Julian Train, sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club, 11 a.m., Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr., Fairfax. Free. 202-333-2075.

MCLEAN ROSE TALK, David Clement discusses "Rose Disease Research and Successful Roses," at a Potomac Rose Society meeting, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Cooper Middle School, library, 977 Balls Hill Rd., McLean. Free. 301-869-4948.

WOLF TRAP GUITAR CONCERT, Willy Porter and Martin Barre, 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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