Thursday 28

FALLS CHURCH BAZAAR, includes white elephant sale, raffle, toys, books and baked goods, 6-10 p.m. today; carnival games, "Irish pub," white elephant sale, raffle, toys, books and baked goods, 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; yard sale, 7:30-11 a.m. Saturday, St. James School, 830 W. Broad St., Falls Church. Free admission. 703-533-1182.

ANNANDALE NIGHT HIKE, for ages 5 and older, "Fear-Less Fest," guided walk along a woodland trail to meet costumed characters, including a bat, a black widow, a skunk and an owl; make a craft indoors and look at live snakes, 7-9 p.m., Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale. $5; preregistration required. 703-941-1065.

WOLF TRAP JAZZ CONCERT, John Scofield Jazz Trio, 8 p.m., the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $22. Tickets, 703-218-6500; information, 703-255-1860.

Friday 29

MCLEAN ORIENTAL RUG SALE, sponsored by the Naval Officers' Wives' Club to benefit military charities, featuring handmade carpets, runners and kilims, plus bags, pillows, tablecloths and Turkish jewelry, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, American Legion Post 270, 1355 Balls Hill Rd., McLean. Free admission. 703-356-9418.

FALLS CHURCH USED-BOOK SALE, sponsored by the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia to benefit its adult literacy programs, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church. Hardbacks, $1; paperbacks and children's books, 50 cents. 703-237-0866.

HEALTH CARE POLITICS LECTURE, Lynn Sanders, associate professor of politics at the University of Virginia, discusses "The New Politics of American Health Care," 7 p.m., Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax. Free; reservations required. 866-882-6887.

FALLS CHURCH POE READINGS, a tribute to Edgar Allen Poe, with readings by the Victorian Society, period refreshments, 8 p.m., Cherry Hill Farmhouse, 312 Park Ave., Falls Church. $4; free for those dressed in Victorian-style attire; reservations required. 703-248-5171.

FAIRFAX JAZZ CONCERT, the George Mason University Jazz Ensemble, works by Miles Davis, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and other jazz legends, sponsored by the Fairfax Law Foundation and the George Mason University Department of Music, 8 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax. $7; students and seniors, $5. 703-993-1380.

WOLF TRAP CLASSICAL CONCERT, Concertante performs music by Richard Strauss, Schoenberg and Brahms, 8 p.m., the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $30. Tickets, 703-218-6500; information, 703-255-1860.

Saturday 30

ALEXANDRIA CHILDREN'S PROGRAM, for ages 3-5, make a pocket-size popsicle stick scarecrow, 10-11 a.m., 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.

CHANTILLY HOME SAFETY EXHIBIT, for children, information about fires, burns, poisoning, choking, suffocation and falls, created by the Home Safety Council and sponsored by Lowe's, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lowe's, 13856 Metrotech Dr., Chantilly. Free. 703-376-6300.

ALEXANDRIA FALL FEST, for all ages, carnival games with prizes, bingo, pumpkin decorating, face painting, arts and crafts, a moon bounce, a bake sale, raffles, a cake walk, a carwash, a haunted hall, a book fair, food for sale and a Halloween costume parade, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Louis School, 2901 Popkins Lane, Alexandria. Free admission. 703-768-7732.

ANNANDALE PARADE, "Fall for the Redskins," with Rickie Harris and other former Redskins, sponsored by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, 10 a.m.-noon, from Annandale United Methodist Church on Columbia Pike to the Safeway Shopping Center on Little River Turnpike. Free. 703-256-7232.

ALEXANDRIA SCARECROW WORKSHOP, for 5 and older, make a scarecrow with straw and old clothes, materials and snacks provided, 2-3 p.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.

SPRINGFIELD CANINE CRUISE, for adults and children 8 and older and their dogs, cruise on Lake Accotink aboard a pontoon boat, one dog permitted per adult, 2 p.m., Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Rd., Springfield. $5; ages 8-15, $4; reservations required. 703-569-0285.

FAIRFAX CHRYSANTHEMUM SHOW, an exhibit of flower arrangements, sponsored by the Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Merrifield Garden Center's Fair Oaks location, 12101 Lee Hwy., Fairfax. Free admission. 703-560-8776.

RESTON HUMORIST PERFORMANCE, for 18 and older, David Sedaris discusses his book "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim," humorous reflections about his life, 3 p.m., CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. $20. 703-476-1111.

FALLS CHURCH KIDS CARNIVAL, games, a moon bounce, face painting, crafts, a haunted house, movies, candy and a "creepy creature" show; second-graders and younger children, 6 p.m.; third- through fifth-graders, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; creepy creature show, for all ages, 7 and 8 p.m., Falls Church Community Center, 233 Little Falls St., Falls Church. Free. 703-248-5077.

CHANTILLY HALLOWEEN EVENT, for 8 and older, wear a costume, bring a pumpkin to carve, listen to ghost tales and take a haunted ghost walk, 7-8 p.m., Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly. $3; reservations required. 703-631-0013.

WOLF TRAP GENERAL ADMISSION DANCE, music by Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans, 7:30 p.m., the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $18. Tickets, 703-218-6500; information, 703-255-1860.

OAKTON BALALAIKA CONCERT, by the American Balalaika Symphony Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton. Donations requested. 703-281-4230.

GREAT FALLS BALLROOM DANCE, big-band music by the Colvin Run Dance Band, 9 p.m.-midnight, Colvin Run School House, 10201 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. $12. 703-430-6557.

Sunday 31

FAIRFAX PIANO CONCERT, Ivo Pogorelich performs works by Beethoven, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff, 4 p.m.; discussion, 3:15 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts, Fairfax. $40, $32, $20. 703-218-6500.

Monday 1

FAIRFAX EXHIBIT, RECEPTION, artist Simone Paterson discusses her multimedia installation "Data Bodies," which consists of sculptural fabric forms, large-scale digital prints and interactive digital video, 4:30 p.m., Harris Theater; a reception follows at 5:30 p.m., Johnson Center Gallery, George Mason University, Fairfax. Free. 703-993-2787.

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

Tuesday 2

OAKTON CRAFTS SHOW, more than 40 juried artists and artisans sell seasonal crafts, floral arrangements, jewelry, pottery, stained glass, candy, baked goods, toys and home decor items, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday and Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday and Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 6, Vale School House, Vale and Fox Mill roads, Oakton. Free admission. 703-425-6256.

FALLS CHURCH MOTHERS FIRST MEETING, support for women who have altered their careers to raise children at home, 10:30 a.m., Thomas Jefferson Library, meeting room, 7415 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. Free. 703-827-5922.

FALLS CHURCH SEWING GROUP, make lap quilts with the Falls Church Sew and Go group of the American Sewing Guild Community, quilts to be donated to residents of assisted living facilities, 7-9 p.m., G Street Fabrics, 6250 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. Free admission. 703-824-8811.

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

Wednesday 3

MOTHERS FIRST MEETINGS, in Great Falls, Herndon and Fairfax City, support for women who have altered their careers to raise children at home, free: 10 a.m., Great Falls Library, 9830A Georgetown Pike, 703-827-5922; 10 a.m., Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St., 703-827-5922; 10:15 a.m., Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Rd., 703-827-5922.

INMATE EXONERATED BY DNA, Tim Junkin, author of "Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA," and Kirk Bloodsworth, who spent eight years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, discuss his case, 7 p.m., Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly. Free; reservations recommended. 703-502-3883.

FAIRFAX JAZZ DANCE PERFORMANCE, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, led by Billy Siegenfeld, 8 p.m.; discussion, 7:15 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax. $36, $28, $18; 12 and younger, half-price. 703-218-6500.

Thursday 4

BURKE USED-BOOK SALE, hardbacks, paperbacks, fiction, nonfiction, children's books, 1-8 p.m. Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 6, Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Rd. Free admission. 703-866-9173.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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