Thursday 18

ANNANDALE CRAFT FESTIVAL, about 70 artisans sell folk art, dolls, pottery, toys, porcelain, stained glass, jewelry, silk, etchings, watercolors, decorations and candy, 6-9 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, St. Matthew's United Methodist Church, 8617 Little River Tpk., Annandale. Free admission. 703-978-3500.

WESTERN FAIRFAX HISTORY, Claudette Ward discusses western Fairfax County and Centreville, a meeting of the Fairfax Antique Arts Association, 7 p.m., Oak View Elementary School, 5004 Sideburn Rd. Free. 703-273-3506.

Friday 19

ALEXANDRIA SENIORS DANCE, with the Mount Vernon Swing Band, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Alexandria. $4. 703-765-4573.

CLARENCE "GATEMOUTH" BROWN, rhythm and blues concert, 8 p.m., the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $22. Tickets, 703-218-6500; information, 703-255-1860.

VIRGINIA OPERA, performance of "The Merry Widow," 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday; discussion 45 minutes before the shows, George Mason University, Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax. $84, $68, $44. 703-218-6500.

GEORGE MASON THEATER, the GMU Players perform "The Measures Taken," 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Black Box Theater, George Mason University, Performing Arts Building, Fairfax. Free. 703-993-8888.

Saturday 20

VIENNA BABY-SITTING CLASS, for boys and girls 12 and older, learn how to care for infants and young children, topics include bathing, games, basic first aid, diapering and safety practices, bring a bag lunch and a doll, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. $30, includes manual and certificate upon completion. 703-255-6360.

FRANCONIA CRAFT SHOW, 130 artisans, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Lee District RECenter, 6601 Telegraph Rd., Franconia. Admission, $2. 703-922-9841.

ALEXANDRIA CRAFTS, works of 50 craftspeople, some from Guatemala, Indonesia and Africa, plus orchid plants, wooden products, knitted clothing, artworks, jewelry, homemade chutney, baked goods, organic cheese and gingerbread-house kits, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria. Free admission. 703-765-5950.

ALEXANDRIA CRAFTS SHOW, a juried event, more than 60 artists and artisans, with jewelry, glass, carved wood, ceramics, food and more, sponsored by the Crew Boosters of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thomas Jefferson, 6560 Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free admission. 703-425-6256.

FAIRFAX CRAFTS SHOW, more than 300 craftspeople, handmade works, sponsored by the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Fairfax High School, 3500 Old Lee Hwy. $3; 17 and younger, free. 703-385-7858.

GEM, MINERAL AND FOSSIL SHOW, dealers, demonstrations, exhibits and door prizes, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Mineral Club, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, George Mason University, Student Union II Building, Fairfax. $4; seniors and teenagers, $2; 12 and younger, free. 703-319-7923.

FALLS CHURCH STORYTELLING, tales for adults, 7 p.m., Cherry Hill Farmhouse, 312 Park Ave., Falls Church. $5. 703-248-5171.

WOLF TRAP STRING CONCERT, by the Darol Anger Fiddle Ensemble and guest John Cowan, 7:30 p.m., the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $22. Tickets, 703-218-6500; information, 703-255-1860.

RESTON DANCE PERFORMANCE, for 9 and older, Taylor 2 Dance Company performs American modern dance, 8 p.m., CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. $10. 703-476-1111.

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 21

WOODLAWN PLANTATION TEA, TOUR, a program about tea customs in the early 19th century, with tea and period confections, followed by a tour of the historic mansion, noon and 2 p.m. seatings, Woodlawn Plantation, 9000 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria. $25; tour of Woodlawn mansion and Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House on the grounds of Woodlawn, $30; reservations required. 703-780-4000, Ext. 27.

ALEXANDRIA HERB PROGRAM, learn about the use of herbs in aromatherapy, 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.

MCLEAN THRESHING DAY, swing a flail to knock wheat and rye from their stalks and shell corn, 1-4 p.m., Claude Moore Colonial Farm, 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. $3; ages 2-12 and seniors, $2; 1 and younger, free. 703-442-7557.

MCLEAN STRAVINSKY CONCERT, a National Symphony Orchestra ensemble performs "The Soldier's Tale," 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.

BURKE POLITICAL HUMOR EVENT, performance by the Capitol Steps, to raise funds for the Lake Braddock Theater Boosters, 7 p.m., Lake Braddock Secondary School Little Theater, 9200 Burke Lake Rd., Burke. $25. 703-455-1762.

RESTON JAZZ PERFORMANCE, for 9 and older, Cyrus Chestnut Trio, 3 p.m., CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. $15. 703-476-1111.

Monday 22

BURKE MOTHERS FIRST MEETING, to support women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise children at home, 10:30 a.m., Pohick Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd., Burke. Free. 703-827-5922.

UNIVERSITY VIOLIN RECITAL, by Nurit Bar-Joseph, sponsored by George Mason University's Music Department, 8 p.m., Harris Theater, the university, Fairfax. Free. 703-993-8888.

Tuesday 23

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.

HERNDON ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCING, no partner necessary, all dances taught by leader Barbara Harding, with Carl Minkus playing marimba, 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 25

CENTREVILLE TURKEY TROT, a 5K run and a 2K walk through the Virginia Run community, to benefit Life With Cancer programs for patients and their families, 8 a.m., Virginia Run Community Center, 15355 Wetherburn Ct., Centreville. On or before Sunday, runners, $20; walkers, $13; after Sunday, runners, $22; walkers, $15; runners may preregister online ( or at the center by Nov. 21 and only at the center after Nov. 21; walkers may register at any time. 703-818-0052.

GREAT FALLS HIKE, five miles, moderate pace, several hills, wear sturdy shoes and bring water, sponsored by the Sierra Club, 10 a.m., Great Falls Park, Visitor Center, 9200 Old Dominion Dr. Park entrance fee, $5. 703-451-7965.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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