Thursday 11

CENTREVILLE CIVIL WAR TALK, author James A. Morgan III discusses "A Little Short of Boats: The Fights at Ball's Bluff and Edwards Ferry, Oct. 21-22, 1861" 7:15 p.m., Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr. Free. 703-675-0702.

FOLK, BLUEGRASS CONCERT, by Andrew McKnight, sponsored by the Council for the Arts of Herndon, 7:30 p.m., Herndon Town Green, 777 Lynn St. Free. 703-435-6868.

CAMPING, METEOR EVENT, for adults and children, search the sky to see the Perseid meteor shower, plus games and toasting s'mores; Friday breakfast of coffee, bagels and juice included; bring a dinner to cook over a campfire tonight; 7 p.m. today-9 a.m. tomorrow, Riverbend Park, 8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls. $40 per individual or family; prepaid reservations required. 703-759-9018.

Friday 12

CRIME PREVENTION, "Refuse to be a Victim Crime" seminar, information on self-defense training, use of pepper spray, Mace and stun guns and how to avoid attacks, such as carjackings; curriculum designed by the National Rifle Association, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., City Hall, training room, 300 Park Ave., Falls Church. Free; preregistration required. 703-248-5100, Ext. 7049.

HERNDON KIDS NIGHT OUT, for ages 5-12, a PG or G rated movie shown on big screen TV, gym games, board games, dinner and a snack, supervision provided by community center staff, 6-10 p.m., Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave. $9; preregistration required. 703-435-6868.

VIENNA BLUEGRASS CONCERT, by Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition, outdoors, bring a blanket or a chair, 6:30 p.m., Historic Freeman House, 131 Church St. NE, Vienna. Free. 703-255-6360.

ANNANDALE CHINESE OPERA, concert, Washington Chu Shan Chinese Opera Institute, 7:30 p.m., Mason District Park, amphitheater, 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free. 703-324-7469.

FRANCONIA CONCERT, old-time music by the Alexandria Singers, 7:30 p.m., Kingstowne Towne Center, 5955 Kingstowne Blvd., Franconia. Free. 703-922-9514.

SPRINGFIELD CHORAL CONCERT, Navy Band Sea Chanters, 7:30 p.m., Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Rd., Springfield. Free. 703-425-9300.

FAIRFAX CLASSIC ROCK CONCERT, by the Novations, 7:30 p.m., Royal Lake Park, 5344 Gainsborough Dr., Fairfax. Free. 703-425-9300.

SHENANDOAH VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL, a concert by Irish fiddler Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul, 8 p.m., grounds of historic Shrine Mont Camp and Conference Center, Orkney Springs. $18-$28; 18 and younger, $10. 540-459-3396.

"HERBIE THE LOVE BUG," outdoor screening of the G-rated movie; bring blankets and a picnic supper, 8 p.m., Cherry Hill Park, 312 Park Ave., Falls Church. Free. 703-248-5077.

GREAT FALLS METEOR VIEWING, an opportunity to see the Perseid meteor shower through a telescope at an observatory; members of the Analemma Society available to help, sunset-11:30 p.m., Turner Farm, Springvale Road and Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Free. 703-759-1952.

CHANTILLY METEOR EVENT, learn about the Perseid meteor shower and other information about the planets, moons and constellations, then search the sky for the meteor shower, 8-9 p.m., Cub Run RECenter, 4630 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. $5; reservations required. 703-817-9407.

Saturday 13

POHICK BAY CANOE TRIPS, for 16 and older, a tour guided by a Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority staff member to view wildlife; no experience necessary; 8 a.m.-noon or 5:30-8:30 p.m., the park, 6501 Pohick Bay Dr., Lorton. $25; reservations required. 703-339-6104.

VIENNA GARDENING PROGRAM, horticulturist Tammy Burke explains how to propagate, grow and maintain vines on a trellis made of copper tubing, 10 a.m., Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, the Atrium, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna. $5; reservations required. 703-255-3631.

ANNANDALE KIDS MUSIC PROGRAM, Fairfax Symphony Brass Quintet demonstrates how valves, slides and tubing shape tones, 10 a.m., Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free. 703-324-7469.

SHENANDOAH VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL, blues concert by the Sauce Boss and the Nighthawks, 6 p.m., grounds of the historic Shrine Mont Camp and Conference Center, Orkney Springs. $18-$28; 18 and younger, $10. 540-459-3396.

Sunday 14

FAIRFAX CITY QUILT PROGRAM, Joan Knight, director of the Virginia Quilt Museum, discusses feed sack quilts, 2 p.m., Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, 10209 Main St., Fairfax City. Free. 703-385-8414.

ANNANDALE BIG-BAND CONCERT, by the Mount Vernon Community Band, 7:30 p.m., Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free. 703-324-7469.

Monday 15

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

Tuesday 16

GUNSTON HALL DETECTIVE PROGRAM, for children accompanied by an adult; search the mansion, kitchen, school, farmyard and other places to find clues to solve an 18th-century mystery (search lasts about 90 minutes), 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Aug. 18, Gunston Hall Plantation, 10709 Gunston Rd., Mason Neck. $8; seniors, $7; ages 6-12, $5; 5 and younger, free; reservations required. 703-550-9220.

Wednesday 17

CHILDREN'S YOGA TALK, by author Shakta Kaur Khalsa, who gives a demonstration, 10:30 p.m., George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Tpk., Annandale. Free; preregistration required. 703-256-3800.

FRANCONIA PARK CONCERT, Eastern European folk and Gypsy music performed by Harmonia, 7:30 p.m., Lee District Park, 6601 Telegraph Rd., Franconia. Free. 703-971-6262.

ANNANDALE JAZZ CONCERT, Dixie Power Trio, 7:30 p.m., Mason District Park, amphitheater, 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free. 703-324-7469.

Thursday 18

VIENNA ZYDECO CONCERT, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, 7:30 p.m., Nottoway Park, 9601 Courthouse Rd., Vienna. Free. 703-324-7469.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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