Thursday 8

CENTREVILLE CIVIL WAR TALK, Steve Meserve discusses "The Hidden Battles of Gettysburg" for the Bull Run Civil War Round Table, 7:15 p.m., Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr. Free. 703-675-0702.

GMU DANCE PERFORMANCE, George Mason University Dance Company, 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, the university's Performing Arts Building, Dance Performance Studio, third floor, Fairfax. $10; seniors and students, $7. 888-945-2468.

Friday 9

VIENNA COOKIE PARTY, for sixth-graders, cookie decorating event, 3:30 p.m., Club Phoenix Teen Center, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. Free. 703-255-6360.

FAIRFAX CITY HAND BELL CONCERT, St. Matthew's United Methodist Church's Carol Ringers and Peace Ringers, 7:30 p.m., Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr., Fairfax City. Free. 703-978-3500, Ext. 32.

"THE VELVETEEN RABBIT," an Alden Theatre production of a musical adaptation of the Margery Williams classic, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Dec. 16; 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Dec. 17 and 18, Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. $10; McLean residents, $8. 703-790-0123.

ANNANDALE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE, holiday show, "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," singing and dancing by the Encore Theatrical Arts Project, 8 p.m. Friday, 1, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Tpk., Annandale. $15; seniors and students, $12. 703-222-5511.

GMU OPERA, the George Mason University Opera performs Mozart, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, the university's Harris Theater, Fairfax. $12; seniors and students, $10. 888-945-2468.

CHORAL CONCERT, holiday music by the Fairfax Choral Society's adult and youth choruses, 8 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria area. $33, $28, $23, $18. 703-218-6500.

Saturday 10

ALEXANDRIA TOY SALE, by the Moms Club of Alexandria-South, new and used toys for infants and elementary school-age children, to benefit an adoption program for children with special needs, through Chinese Children Adoption International, 9 a.m.-noon, St. Louis Catholic School cafeteria, 2901 Popkins Lane, Alexandria. Free admission. 866-206-9067, Ext. 1594.

CIVIL WAR-ERA CHRISTMAS, reenactors, period music, decorations, refreshments and tours; a Civil War-era Santa Claus reads "The Night Before Christmas," noon-4 p.m., Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria area. $2; children, $1. 703-838-4848.

FAIRFAX HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and the Reston Chorale, 4 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax. $30; children, $15. 888-945-2468.

SULLY CANDLELIGHT TOURS, a historic home decorated for a Victorian Christmas; with cookies and warm cider, 5-8:15 p.m. Saturday, 5-7:15 p.m. Sunday, Sully Historic Site, 3601 Sully Rd., Chantilly. $8; seniors and children, $6; reservations required. 703-437-1794.

VIENNA CHORAL SOCIETY, a Christmas concert, 7:30 p.m., Vienna Baptist Church, 541 Marshall Rd. SW. $15; seniors and students, $12. 703-255-5508.

IRISH SOCIAL DANCING, ceili and set dancing, music by the Bog Wanderers, sponsored by Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, 7:30-11 p.m.; dance lesson, 7 p.m., Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Rd., Fairfax City. $15; youths, $6; 6 and younger, free. 703-369-7132.

FALLS CHURCH CHORAL CONCERT, Choralis performs "A Classic Brass Christmas," with the Classical Brass Quintet and the Annandale High School Singers, 8 p.m., Falls Church Presbyterian Church, 225 E. Broad St. $30, $25; seniors and students, $20. 703-237-2499.

Sunday 11

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE, live music and refreshments in a 1780s manor house, 1-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd. (3.5 miles east on Route 236 from Beltway Exit 6), Alexandria area. Free. 703-941-7987.

D.C. HOLIDAY CONCERT TRIP, take a charter bus to DAR Constitution Hall in the District for a holiday concert by the Army Band, with performer Sylvia McNair, 1:30-6 p.m., meet at Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna. Concert, free; transportation, $18.75; Vienna residents, $15. 703-255-6360.

ELDERHOSTEL TRIP TALKS, "Two High Canadian Teas and the Wilds of Florida," Lily Houseman discusses attending a high tea during an Elderhostel program in Victoria; John McAdams discusses his trip to St. Andrew's by the Sea in New Brunswick, where he had high tea and watched whales in the Bay of Fundy; Curt Sandler discusses an Elderhostel program on Florida ecosystems, which included canoeing on three rivers; sponsored by the Fairfax Elderhostel Alumni Association, 2-4 p.m., George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Tpk., Annandale. Free; reservations required. 703-534-2274.

ASTRONAUT'S TALK, Pierre J. Thuot, former NASA astronaut and Fairfax High School graduate, discusses his three space shuttle missions, 2 p.m., Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, 10209 Main St., Fairfax City. Free. 703-385-8414.

HERNDON KLEZMER CONCERT, by Jinny Marsh's Hot Kugel Klezmer Band, followed by refreshments, sponsored by the Jewish Theological Seminary, 2:30 p.m., Congregation Beth Emeth, 12523 Lawyers Rd., Herndon. $25. 703-860-4515.

FALLS CHURCH ADOPTION SEMINAR, information on international and domestic adoptions, sponsored by the Datz Foundation, 3:30-5:45 p.m., Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Free. 703-242-8800.

ANNANDALE HOLIDAY CONCERT, by the Annandale Brass, 4 p.m., Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Tpk., Annandale. $10; seniors and teenagers, $7; 12 and younger, free. 703-323-3114.

MCLEAN CHORAL CONCERT, Palestrina Choir performs Mendelssohn, Rheinberger and Brahms, 4 p.m., St. Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean. $25. 703-519-1961.

CLASSICAL CONCERT, the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and the NOVA Community Chorus perform music by Bach, Saint-Saens, Wagner and Kazik, 5 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria area. $10; 18 and younger, free. 703-799-8229.

GMU HOLIDAY CONCERT, by the choirs, symphony orchestra and jazz ensembles of George Mason University, 7 p.m., the university's Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax. $15; students and seniors, $8.

MCLEAN HOLIDAY CONCERT, by the McLean Symphony, with horn soloist Aaron Beck, 7:30 p.m., Alden Theater, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. $20; seniors and youths, $15; 11 and younger, $5. 703-880-1611.

Monday 12

CHILDREN'S THEATER AUDITIONS, for ages 12-18, Mount Vernon Community Children's Theatre's production of "A Murder Is Announced," bring a school photo, 6:30-9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, Heritage

Presbyterian Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Rd.,

Alexandria area. Free; reservations required. 703-360-0686.

Tuesday 13

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.

FALLS CHURCH ACCORDION CONCERT, by Eric Schwarz, sponsored by the Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society, 7:30 p.m., Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church, 3435 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Falls Church. Free. 703-671-5395.

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

Thursday 15

ANNANDALE ORCHESTRA CONCERT, classical and Christmas music by the Annandale High School Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., the school, 4700 Medford Dr., Annandale. Free. 703-642-4300.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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