Thursday 15

"BEAUTY AND THE BEAST," performed by the Reston Players, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 9, CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. Thursdays and matinees, $17; Friday and Saturday evenings, $23. 703-476-4500.

GMU THEATER PERFORMANCE, George Mason University's Theater of the First Amendment performs Jon Robin Baitz's "Three Hotels," 8 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 2, the university's Center for the Arts, Fairfax. Fridays and Saturdays, $30; other performances, $25. 888-945-2468.

Friday 16

D.C. SPY MUSEUM TOUR, bus transportation to the International Spy Museum, sponsored by the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; bus leaves from and returns to Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. $62; Vienna residents, $58; transportation and museum entry included; lunch on own at Union Station. 703-255-6360.

MCLEAN USED-BOOK SALE, sponsored by the American Association of University Women to fund scholarships for women, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Free admission. 703-726-6470.

ALEXANDRIA SOCIAL DANCE, with the Friday Nighters Dancing Club and live music, 8:30-11:30 p.m., Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria. $12.50; reservations required. 703-229-5118.

Saturday 17

MOUNT VERNON CRAFT FAIR, a re-creation of an 18th-century marketplace with artisans selling wares and two stages of entertainment and food concession stands, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy. $11; ages 6-11, $5; 5 and younger, free. 703-780-2000.

FAIRFAX CRAFT SHOW, more than 80 artisans selling pottery, paintings, fused glass, quilts, jewelry, photography, dolls and doll clothing, painted silk, wood crafts, floral arrangements and origami, sponsored by the Robinson Secondary School PTSA to benefit the Class of 2006's graduation party, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, the school, 5035 Sideburn Rd., Fairfax. $3; 12 and younger, free. 703-385-2649.

RESTON MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL, international entertainment, children's activities, food, and arts and crafts, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Lake Anne Village Center, Reston. Free admission. 703-476-4500, Ext. 6161.

FALLS CHURCH FESTIVAL, live entertainment, amusement rides, crafts and children's activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cherry Hill Park, 312 Park Ave., Falls Church. Free admission; amusement ride tickets, $1. 703-248-5178.

FAIRFAX ROSE SHOW, prizewinning roses on display at the 67th Annual Potomac Rose Society Show, with rosarians to answer questions, 1-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Merrifield Garden Center, 12101 Lee Hwy., Fairfax. Free. 301-869-4948.

VIENNA AAUW OPEN HOUSE, information on the programs of the Vienna branch of the American Association of University Women, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E. Free. 703-938-7578.

FAIRFAX SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT, performance of Beethoven's "Emperor Concerto" and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, with guest pianist Claude Frank, 8 p.m.; lecture, 7 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax. $35-$55. 703-218-6500.

GREAT FALLS BALLROOM DANCE, big-band music by the Colvin Run Dance Band, 9 p.m.-midnight; fox trot lesson, 8 p.m., Colvin Run School House, 10201 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. $12; lesson, $5. 703-430-6557.

Sunday 18

FAIRFAX STATION MODEL TRAIN DISPLAY, Northern Virginia NTRAK model train 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.

HERNDON NATURE FEST 2005, for adults and children, information on forest habitats, water quality, butterflies, bluebirds and coping with deer, with activities relating to the theme "Living in Harmony With Nature," co-sponsored by the Friends of Runnymede Park, 1-5 p.m., the park, Herndon Parkway, between Elden and Queens Row streets. Free. 703-437-7289.

GREAT FALLS DULCIMER CONCERT, the Mill Run Dulcimer Band performs old-time music, 2-4 p.m., Colvin Run Mill, 10017 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. Donations requested. 703-759-2771.

MCLEAN BRASS CONCERT, "Rhythm and Brass," by the Washington Symphonic Brass, with saxophone soloist Chris Vadala, 4 p.m., St. Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean. $25; seniors and military personnel, $20; students, $10. 703-243-1127.

NEW ANNANDALE BOOK GROUP, an organizational meeting of the Book Lovers Club to select the format for discussing fiction and nonfiction bestsellers and to choose the first couple of books; the public is welcome, 7 p.m., Annandale United Methodist Church, Room 203, 6935 Columbia Pike. Free. 571-216-4536.

Monday 19

AARP DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM, for ages 50 and older, a two-day course on the effects of aging and medications on driving, basic driving rules, license renewal, local traffic hazards, adverse road conditions and accident prevention, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and Sept. 26, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna. $10; registration required. 703-255-6360.

SHETLAND SHEEPDOGS PROGRAM, Janice I. Chu discusses canine dental issues, especially gum disease prevalent in shelties, at the next meeting of the Potomac Valley Shetland Sheepdog Club, refreshments served, participants can bring their dogs, 7:30 p.m., Dunn Loring Firehouse, 2148 Gallows Rd., Dunn Loring. Free. 703-281-1191.

Tuesday 20

FALLS CHURCH ESL CLASS REGISTRATION, for adults, English as a Second Language, classes will meet from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, Sept. 22-Dec. 13, scholarships available; child care provided, register for classes between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Dulin United Methodist Church, 513 E. Broad St., Falls Church. $15 donation requested. 703-532-8060.

ALEXANDRIA GENEALOGY TALK, Martha Robertson, assistant archivist for Fairfax County, discusses "Down and Out in Fairfax County: The Records of the Overseers of the Poor and the Supervisor of the Poor," at a meeting of the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society, 1 p.m., Hollin Hall Senior Center, Room 112, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-360-0920.

VA. HOUSE CANDIDATES FORUM, sponsored by the Providence District Council, candidates for the House of Delegates in the 35th and 37th districts meet in a forum moderated by the League of Women Voters, 7-9 p.m., Fairhill Elementary School, 3001 Chichester Lane, Fairfax. Free. 703-658-9150.

Wednesday 21

VIENNA DYNAMIC WALKING COURSE, plus exercises, a three-session course sponsored by the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department, 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Wednesday and Sept. 28 and Oct. 5, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct. $20; Vienna residents, $15. 703-255-6360.

MCLEAN JAMMIN' JUNIORS CONCERT, for preschoolers and their parents, entertainers Brooksie and Lucille, 12:30 p.m., McLean Central Park gazebo (the entrance to the park is in the parking lot of Dolley Madison Library), 1244 Oak Ridge Ave. Free. 703-790-0123.

AUTISM SYMPOSIUM, "Autism, Asperger's and Pervasive Development Disorder: A Parent's Guide to Identification and Intervention"; specialists discuss the disorders' characteristics, treatment options, community resources and the value of social skills groups, 7-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. $25; preregistration requested. 703-204-9100.

Thursday 22

SENIORS FITNESS PROGRAM, for ages 50 and older, "Active for Life," to help increase physical activity, 1-2 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 22-Feb. 9, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna. Free; registration required. 703-807-5855.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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