Thursday 22

HERNDON ESL CLASSES, English as a second language, for all levels, free child care for age 2 and older, sponsored by Dranesville United Methodist Church, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, through Dec. 15, at Dranesville United, 1089 Liberty Meeting Ct., Herndon. Free. 703-430-3137.

Friday 23

MCLEAN ART CLUB MEETING, Hatsumi Ishii discusses her use of pastels in her artwork, 10:30 a.m.-noon, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Free. 703-790-0123.

VIENNA YOUTH DANCE, for middle school students, with refreshments, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Club Phoenix Teen Center, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. $2. 703-255-6360.

Saturday 24

OCCOQUAN CANOE TOUR, explore the backwaters of Old Town Occoquan below the dam and learn the history of this one-time port town off the Potomac River, with Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority staff members, no canoe experience necessary, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Occoquan Regional Park, 9751 Ox Rd., Lorton. $35; reservations required. 703-339-6104.

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 a manual and certificate upon completion, 703-255-6360.

BIKE RIDE, see 12 historic boundary stones in Arlington and Alexandria, a leisurely ride on paved streets and bike trails, bring lunch, water and a bike, sponsored by the Center Hiking Club, 9:15 a.m., meet on Sycamore Street at the entrance to East Falls Church Metro station. $1. 703-243-0179.

FAIRFAX BUDDY WALK, one mile, on sidewalks and trails surrounding the Fairfax County Government Center Ellipse, to benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 12000 Government Center Pkwy. $15; two people, $25; three people, $34; four people, $45; advance registration required. 703-621-7129 or

ANNANDALE PARK FESTIVAL, entertainment, crafts, hayrides, pony rides, a moon bounce and police and fire demonstrations, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free. 703-941-1730.

VIENNA GARDENING PROGRAM, horticulturist Tammy Burke discusses perennial salvias, their care and how to propagate and grow them in the garden and indoors in winter, 10 a.m., Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna. $5; reservations required. 703-255-3631.

COMMEMORATION OF SLAVES, a wreath-laying ceremony and musical performance by Howard University Choir, Intermezzo Choir of Philadelphia and Arlington's Jamestown Elementary School choir, in honor of the slaves who lived at Mount Vernon, sponsored by Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens and Black Women United for Action, 11 a.m., Mount Vernon, 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy. $11; seniors, $10.50; ages 6-11, $5; 5 and younger, free. 703-780-2000.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES BUS TRIP, to Camden Yards, for an Orioles-Boston Red Sox game, trip sponsored by Vienna Parks and Recreation Department, bus leaves at noon, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna. $59; Vienna residents, $50; includes transportation and game ticket. 703-255-6360.

ANNANDALE ART AUCTION, to benefit the Rotary clubs of Annandale and Baileys Crossroads, the Baileys Crossroads Community Shelter and the Baileys Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department, 8 p.m.; art preview, 7 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Community Cultural Center Forum, 8333 Little River Tpk., Annandale. Admission, $15. 703-820-7621, Ext. 218.

VIENNA BAND CONCERT, for high school students, local bands, 7-11 p.m., Club Phoenix Teen Center, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. $5. 703-255-6360

Sunday 25

ELDERHOSTEL DISCUSSION, four Elderhostel participants discuss their visits to Williamsburg, Va., and New York City; kayaking in Chincoteague Bay; and riding bikes in Holland; a meeting of Fairfax Elderhostel Alumni, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free. 703-534-2274.

FALLS CHURCH TEA PROGRAM, a costumed docent hosts a full 19th-century English tea followed by a tour of an 1845 farmhouse, 2 p.m., Cherry Hill Farmhouse, 312 Park Ave., Falls Church. $22; reservations required. 703-248-5171.

SPRINGFIELD SLUG FEST, for children and adults, a celebration of slugs, with slug racing, slime tossing, slug slime art and facts about slugs, 2-4 p.m., Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield. $4; reservations required. 703-451-9588.

Monday 26

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

MCLEAN PARENTING TALK, author Barbara Coloroso discusses "Parenting With Wit and Wisdom," sponsored by the Safe Community Coalition, 7:30 p.m., McLean High School, 1633 Davidson Rd. $10. 703-556-6122.

Tuesday 27

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.

LANGLEY FORK PARK'S FUTURE, the public is invited to comment on proposed uses for the park in McLean, sponsored by Fairfax County Park Authority, 7-8:30 p.m., Langley High School, cafeteria, 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Free. 703-324-8662.

"GLOBAL OUTRAGE," George Mason University professor Peter N. Stearns discusses his book "Global Outrage: The Impact of World Opinion on Contemporary History," sponsored by the Vienna branch of the American Association of University Women, 7:30 p.m., Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E. Free. 703-938-7578.

HERNDON ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCING, no partner necessary, all dances taught by leader Barbara Harding, with flutist Colleen Reed, 7:45-10 p.m., Harding Hall, 730 Jackson St., Herndon. $3. 703-437-3615.

Thursday 29

MUSICAL AUDITIONS, for adults and youths 12 and older, for the Alden Theatre's December production of "The Velveteen Rabbit," no experience necessary, bring a recent photograph and a resume and be prepared to sing an up-tempo musical selection and read cold from the script, 5-9 p.m. Sept. 29 and 30, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Free; advance registration required. 703-790-0123.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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