Thursday, Dec. 19

Breast-feeding support group, for mothers and babies. 10-11 a.m., Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Fairfax Women's Center, seventh floor, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Free. 703-776-6455.

Cribbage, age 21 and older, an organized group recognized by the American Cribbage Congress. 7-10 p.m., American Legion Post 176, 6520 Amherst Ave., Springfield. $10. 703-503-9420 or

Grief support group, for those who have lost a loved one within the last two years. 7-8:30 p.m., Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville. Free. 703-396-6198.

Mental health support group, for parents of children (pre-K through high school) with psychiatric issues. 7 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and School, 8304 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield. Free. 571-235-8810.

Blue Christmas service, for those who struggle in the season of festivities. 7:30 p.m., St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 4801 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. 703-941-2922.

Friday, Dec. 20

Rotary Club of Dulles International Airport, weekly meeting. 7:30 a.m., Hilton Washington Dulles Airport, 13869 Park Center Rd., Herndon. Free. 703-609-3079 or

Friday Affair Market, have lunch and shop in the marketplace. Noon-6 p.m., Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, Hollin Hall Historic Mansion, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria area. 202-256-5332.

“Christmas Cabin of Carnaween,” Creative Cauldron performs the traditional Irish folk tale. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church. $18; students and seniors $15. 571-239-5288 or

“O, Holy Night,” high school vocalists and soloists perform Christmas music. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $15; youth/student $8. 703-584-2900.

Noises Off,” things go awry as a cast prepares for its opening night. 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Rd., McLean. $15-$27. 703-854-1856.

Saturday, Dec. 21

Dog adoption event, sponsored by the Homeless Animals Rescue Team. Noon-3 p.m., Petco, 13053 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy., Chantilly. 703-817-9444 or

“Solstice: Light and Dark,” the Vienna Choral Society and the Women’s Center of Vienna draw attention to the mental health challenges of the season. 4:30 p.m., Vienna Baptist Church, 541 Marshall Rd. SW. $25; seniors and age 15-18, $20; age 14 and younger, free. 703-255-5508 or

Candlelight tour, a Victorian Christmas celebration. See a puppet show, stroll an outdoor Victorian street market, sip hot cider and taste sugar cakes. 4:45-7 p.m., Sully Historic Site, 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly. $10, reservations required. 703-437-1794 or

Country-western dance, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Country-Western Dance Association, a DJ provides the music. Couples and singles welcome. Bring your own refreshments. Lessons, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; open dancing, 7:30-10 p.m., Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 N. Chambliss St., Lincolnia area. $12; members, $10; age 17 and younger accompanied by a paying adult, $5. 703-860-4941 or

Ballroom dance, DJ Craig Bukowski plays dance tunes from the 1930s to today. No experience or partner needed. Viennese waltz lesson, 8 p.m.; ballroom dancing, 9 p.m., Colvin Run Community Hall, 10201 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. $15, includes light refreshments. 703-759-2685 or

Sunday, Dec. 22

“On This Shining Night,” the 25-member chancel choir performs a Christmas Cantata by Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler. 11 a.m., Cranford United Methodist Church, 9912 Old Colchester Rd., Lorton. Free. 703-339-5382 or

Celebrate urban birds, age 3 and older, learn to identify and attract birds. 2-4 p.m., Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale. $6, registration required. 703-941-1065.

Christmas workshop, age 3 to sixth grade, crafts, games and stories. 4-6 p.m., Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Franconia area. Free. 703-971-5151.

Living Nativity, angels, kings, shepherds and live animals help tell the story of Jesus’s birth. Hot drinks and cookies will follow in Fellowship Hall. 6 p.m., Vienna Baptist Church, 541 Marshall Rd. SW, Vienna. Free. 703-281-4400 or

Brethren Christmas concert, by the 30-member Christian male ensemble. 6:30 p.m., Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. $15. 703-256-8330.

Tuesday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve worship services, family service at 4 p.m. and candlelight services at 7 and 11 p.m. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. 703-256-8330.

Christmas caroling, door-to-door caroling will be followed by cocoa and refreshments and an evening candlelight service. 4:30 p.m., Cranford United Methodist Church, 9912 Old Colchester Rd., Lorton. 703-339-5382.

Christmas Eve services, candlelight and communion services at 4:30, 8 and 11 p.m., Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., . 703-971-5151.

Candlelight and communion service, 7 p.m., Southview Community Church, 2620 Reston Pkwy., Herndon. 703-860-8800.

Candlelight Christmas Eve service, 7:30 p.m., Cranford United Methodist Church, 9912 Old Colchester Rd., Lorton. 703-339-5382.

Wednesday, Dec. 25

Christmas Day service, 11 a.m., Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd.. 703-971-5151.

J Fest, bring the family for a day of activities, including arts and crafts, music, games, a moon bounce and other inflatables, face painting and a community service project. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. Families $20. 703-323-0880 or

Hava Nagila (The Movie!),” a documentary about the history and meaning of this standard Jewish party song. Try some Israeli dancing with Markid Mike. 3 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. $9. 703-323-0880 or

Friday, Dec. 27

Wild Things puppet show, ages 4-10 with an adult, three puppet shows, with live animals. 10-11 a.m., Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale. $5 per child, registration required. 703-941-1065.

The Nutcracker,” by the Virginia Ballet Company and School. 2 and 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Tpk., Annandale. $20-$30. 703-249-8227,

Saturday, Dec. 28

Parkinson Foundation support group, for people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers and family. 10 a.m.-noon, Sunrise at Fair Oaks, 3750 Joseph Siewick Dr., Fairfax. Free. 703-378-7221 or

Dino puppet show and activities, ages 3-7 with an adult, puppet shows feature the biggest animals that ever lived plus fossil facts. Handle real fossils and learn the latest in dinosaur discoveries. Make a craft. 12:30-2:45 p.m., Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale. $7 per child, registration required. 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve golf tournament, a four-person scramble. Entry fee includes green fee, cart fee, range balls, prizes and breakfast. 8:30 a.m., Herndon Centennial Golf Course, 909 Ferndale Ave., Herndon. $70 per person. 703-471-5769 or

First Night Vienna, a family friendly New Year’s celebration with musicians, food, entertainment and hands-on activities for children and adults. Ring in the new year at 9 p.m. (for young children) and midnight. 7 p.m.-midnight, Church Street, Vienna. Food and other items sold. 703-255-6300, or

New Year’s Eve celebration, family friendly art activities and music, 7 p.m. A bonfire with a drum circle, 9-10 p.m. A jazz ensemble and entertainment, 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m., with a champagne toast at midnight. ArtSpace, 750 Center St., Herndon. Free. 703-956-6590.

New Years Eve party, music by the Chris Polk Band. Proceeds benefit Legion National Emergency Fund. 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m., American Legion Post 180, 330 Center St. N., Vienna. $35; couple,$50. 703-938-9535.

New Year’s Eve State of Mind Benefit Gala, Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria and Lorton will host a gala with entertainment for the whole family, including cabaret performances, a live band, a pre-dinner reception, a buffet, a silent auction, a dessert buffet, a New Year’s Eve toast, party favors and all beverages. Children and teens must be accompanied by an adult. Proceeds benefit the Metropolitan School of the Arts Scholarship Fund. 8-12:30 p.m., Waterford in Springfield, 6715 Commerce St., Springfield. $120; age 13-20, $79; age 6-12, $49; age 5 and younger, free. 703-339-0444 or

— Compiled by Jean Mack


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