Thursday 1

WOLF TRAP CONCERT, maritime folk and seaside harmonies by Schooner Fare, 8 p.m., the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $25. Tickets, 703-218-6500; information, 703-255-1860.

Friday 2

CIVIL WAR HISTORY, Bill Price discusses the Battle of Brandy Station, 10 a.m., Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls St., Falls Church. Free. 703-243-2035.

HERNDON CRAFT FAIR, handmade crafts, Longaberger baskets, gourmet food, jewelry, flower arrangements and toys, plus a holiday shop where kids can buy gifts, 4-8 p.m., Floris Elementary School, 2708 Centreville Rd., Herndon. Free admission. 703-476-1037.

GUNSTON HALL CHRISTMAS, for all ages, candlelight mansion tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, costumed characters playing the fiddle and doing 18th-century dances, plus food prepared by hearth cooks, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Gunston Hall Plantation, Gunston Road, Mason Neck. $14; ages 6-18, $7; 6 and younger, free. 703-550-9220.

MCLEAN STRINGS CONCERT, American Youth String Ensemble performs "Winter Magic," 7 p.m., Langley High School, 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean. $7; students and seniors, $5. 703-642-8051.

NAVY BAND CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Rd., Fairfax. Free. 202-433-2525.

NOVA COMMUNITY CHORUS, performance of Mozart's "Requiem" and Bach's "Magnificat," 8 p.m., Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 703-845-6097.

WOLF TRAP BAROQUE CONCERT, the Aulos Ensemble, 8 p.m., the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $30. Tickets, 703-218-6500; information, 703-255-1860.

VIRGINIA OPERA PERFORMANCE, "Romeo and Juliet," 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday; discussion 45 minutes before each performance, George Mason University, Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax. $84, $68, $44. 888-945-2468.

HERNDON CHORAL CONCERT, Voce Chamber Singers, 8 p.m., St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St., Herndon. $20; seniors, $15; students, $7. 703-277-7772.

Saturday 3

FALLS CHURCH KIDS SHOP, while parents visit a historic farmhouse, volunteers help children select and wrap holiday gifts costing $5 or less, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Cherry Hill Farmhouse, 312 Park Ave., Falls Church. Free admission. 703-248-5171.

GREAT FALLS KIDS SHOP, volunteers help children select and wrap holiday gifts costing $10 or less, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Monday, Colvin Run Mill General Store, 10017 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. Free admission. 703-759-2771.

MODEL TRAIN DISPLAY, many gauges, all moving; "train doctor" answers questions about model train problems, sponsored by the Friends of Fairfax Station, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Rd. $4; 10 and younger, $1. 703-425-9225.

HERNDON HOME TOURS, visit five homes showcasing holiday arrangements by area florists, sponsored by the Herndon Historical Society, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; tickets sold until 3 p.m., Herndon Depot Museum, 717 Lynn St. $15. 703-437-7289.

VIETNAMESE CULTURE FEST, Vietnamese food, dance, art and music, to celebrate a new collection of Vietnamese-language books, 12:30 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Public Library, 7415 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. Free. 703-573-1060.

ANNANDALE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE, holiday song and dance by the Encore Theatrical Arts Project, 1, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 10, 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 11, 8 p.m. Dec. 9, Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Tpk., Annandale. $15; seniors and students, $12. 703-222-5511.

RESTON CHORALE CONCERT, "A Seasonal Celebration," 6 and 8 p.m., Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. $20; seniors and youths, $15. 703-476-1111.

TEEN CENTER CONCERT, for high school students, with live bands, 7 p.m., Club Phoenix Teen Center, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna. $5. 703-255-6360.

GREAT FALLS CHORAL CONCERT, seasonal music for choir, organ and brass by the Voce Chamber Singers, 8 p.m., St. Francis Episcopal Church, 9220 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. $20; seniors, $15; students, $7. 703-277-7772.

SPRINGFIELD CHORALE CONCERT, holiday music, with guest group West Springfield High School Madrigal Singers, 8 p.m., St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 5800 Backlick Rd., Springfield. $20; students, $18. 703-239-2180.

Sunday 4

HERNDON ORCHESTRA CONCERT, the American Youth Concert Orchestra and the American Youth Symphonic Orchestra perform "Symphonic Poetry," 3 p.m., Herndon High School, 700 Bennett St. $7; seniors and students, $5. 703-642-8054.

FALLS CHURCH ACCORDION CONCERT, the Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society performs a holiday concert, followed by a potluck supper, 4 p.m., Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church, 3435 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Falls Church. $7; children, free; bring a potluck dish if attending the supper. 703-671-5395.

WOLF TRAP HOLIDAY SINGALONG, sing Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs performed by the Marine Band; bring a candle and bells; new unwrapped toys will be collected for Toys for Tots, 4-5:30 p.m., Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. Free. 703-255-1900.

NEW DOMINION CHORALE, performance of carols and other seasonal music, plus a singalong, 4 p.m., Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $25; seniors, $20; students, $15. 703-442-9404.

Monday 5

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

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

Tuesday 6

SPRINGFIELD TINY TOTS CONCERT, Robert E. Lee High School's wind ensemble and drama department perform holiday music, with dancing and singing, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday, Lee High School, auditorium, 6584 Franconia Rd., Springfield. $2; reservations required for morning performances. 202-767-2046.

DOG LECTURE, discussion of "A Family's Best Friend," by Colleen Pelar, author of "Living With Kids and Dogs . . . Without Losing Your Mind," 7 p.m., Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly. Free; reservations required. 703-502-3883.

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

Wednesday 7

VIENNA HOLIDAY TRIP, a charter bus trip to Bethesda to tour the Music Center at Strathmore Hall, plus refreshments, live music and a tour of an annual show of small artworks, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. $56.25; Vienna residents, $45. 703-255-6360.

FAIRFAX CHORAL CONCERT, "Songs of the Season," by the Woodson High School choral department, 7 p.m., Woodson, auditorium, 9525 Main St., Fairfax. Free. 703-503-4667.

Thursday 8

MCLEAN ART RECEPTION, for the annual McLean Art Club members show, with wine and cheese, 7-9 p.m., McLean Community Center, Ramp Gallery, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Free. 703-790-0123.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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