Thursday, Dec. 5

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.

McLean Woman’s Club Holiday Homes Tour, visit four homes decorated for the holidays and representing four centuries in McLean. Tour begins at 6800 Churchill Rd., McLean. Tickets sold at Mesmeralda’s in McLean, Karin’s Florist in Vienna, Great Dogs of Great Falls and the Woman’s Club Marketplace at Trinity United Methodist Church on the day of the tour. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd. $30; in advance, $25. 703-556-0197, 703-356-9646 or

Tiny Tots concert, the James Madison High School Wind Symphony and Color Guard will present a concert of seasonal music, with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and surprise guests. Children can sing, clap and dance along. 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, James Madison High School, 2500 James Madison Dr., Vienna. $8. 703-319-2300, or

The Nutcracker, a modern version of the holiday classic by Alexandria Community Dance and West Potomac Academy. 5:30 p.m. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, West Potomac High School, 6500 Quander Rd., Alexandria. $15; students, $12; in advance, $12; students, $10. 703-209-6802 or

Annie!,” 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, McLean High School, 1633 Davidson Rd., McLean. $15; seniors and students, $10. 703-714-5700,

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

Mood disorders support, sponsored by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Falls Church. 7-9 p.m., First Christian Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Free. 703-354-5104.

Springfield bingo, age 16 and older. Youths 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No smoking, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department, 7011 Backlick Rd. $10-$25. 703-541-3139.

Bereavement support, “Coping With the Holidays after the Death of a Loved One.” 7:30-9 p.m., Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. Free, registration required. 703-941-7000, or

Friday, Dec. 6

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

Used book sale, shop for children’s books, cookbooks, mysteries, romance, fiction, literature, biographies, history and more, sponsored by the Friends of the Centreville Library to fund educational programs for young readers and support maintenance of the library. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr. 703-830-2223.

Friday Affair Market, have lunch and shop. Vendors vary, but may include baked goods, jewelry, pet items, photography services and vintage items. Noon-6 p.m., Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, Hollin Hall Historic Mansion, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria area. 202-256-5332.

Helping Hands Stroke Club meeting, for stroke survivors and caregivers. 1-2 p.m., Joseph Willard Health Center, 3750 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. $1. 703-246-7120.

TGIF, for families with young children. Marcia Wines, a storyteller and children’s librarian, brings tales to life, with art activities. 5-7 p.m. Greater Reston Art Center, 12001 Market St. Free. 703-471-9242.

Living Nativity, the Christmas story is recounted with live animals and visual interpretations as you walk through each scene. Children’s activities and refreshments available. 6:30-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Southview Community Church, 2620 Reston Pkwy., Herndon. Free. 703-860-8800.

“Celebrate the Season of Art!,” a wine and cheese reception for the exhibit of contemporary paintings, sculpture and fine art photography by 55 Northern Virginia artists. Celtic Christmas and holiday music will be performed by Síor-Og and friends. 7-9 p.m., Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. Free. 703-359-6000.

Art House cinema and brew, watch Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller “Vertigo.” Microbrews and gourmet popcorn served. Proceeds help support ArtSpace Herndon. 7 p.m., ArtSpace, 750 Center St., Herndon. $10, includes the movie, two microbrews and gourmet popcorn. 703-956-6590 or

“Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave,” the Hub Theatre stages the U.S. premiere of David Yee’s play, which explores the far-reaching effects of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, New School of Northern Virginia, John Swayze Theatre, 9431 Silver King Ct., Fairfax. $15-$30. 800-494-8497 or

Noises Off,” things go awry in this comedy as a cast prepares for its opening night. 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 29, 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Rd., McLean. $15-$27. 703-854-1856.

Choralis, a Christmas choral concert with the Classical Brass Quintet and the Cantus Youth Choirs, plus a carol singalong. 8 p.m., Falls Church Presbyterian Church, 225 E. Broad St., Falls Church. $35; age 13-22, $5; 12 and younger, free. 703-237-2499 or

Saturday, Dec. 7

Holiday craft fair, items by professional crafters and jewelry, a book fair, a secret Santa gift shop for kids, pictures with Santa, a cafe and bake sale. Proceeds benefit the Student Council Association. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Flint Hill Elementary School, 2444 Flint Hill Rd., Vienna. 703-242-6100.

Breakfast with Santa, crafts, snacks and a visit from Santa. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church. Free. 703-532-6617 or

Alternative gifts market, more than 30 booths of socially conscious gift ideas from local and international charitable organizations. Fair trade crafts from Ten Thousand Villages, Imani Africa and other international communities will be sold. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, 1625 Wiehle Ave., Reston. 703-956-9155 or

Book sale, books, magazines and media for adults and children, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-790-4031 or

Christmas bazaar, a silent auction, baked goods, wreaths, crafts and jewelry. With lunch. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Epiphany United Methodist Church, 1014 Country Club Dr. NE, Vienna. 703-938-3494 or

Holiday Homes Tour of Herndon, tour five Herndon homes decorated for the holidays. Tickets sold at Herndon Florist, 716 Lynn St.; ArtSpace, 750 Center St.; and Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $20; in advance, $15. 703-435-6800 Ext. 2222 or

Holiday model train show, the 24th annual Holiday Train Show features N, HO, O, Standard, Z and G scale and Lego model trains on display and running. The “Train Doctor” will be available to fix broken model trains; weather permitting, antique cars also will be on display. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Rd., Fairfax Station. $5; children 5-15, $2; 4 and younger, free. 703-425-9225 or

“Shop the Shepherd” Christmas showcase, more than 30 vendors. Jewelry, toys, handbags and purses, home decor, kitchenware, skin care, Christmas decorations and more. Plus a raffle, cafe and gourmet bake shop. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Church of the Good Shepherd, 9350 Braddock Rd., Burke. 703-323-5400.

Mended Hearts support group, for heart surgery patients, their families and friends. 11 a.m. Saturday, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Heart and Vascular Institute, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Free. 703-941-8500.

Spirit Equestrian demonstration and open house, watch a therapeutic riding demonstration, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Open house and silent auction, 1-4 p.m. Higgins House, 2705 West Ox Rd. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Frying Pan Farm Park, indoor arena, 2709 W. Ox Rd., Herndon. Free. 703-600-9667 or

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

Mental health support, sponsored by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Falls Church. 3-5 p.m. Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, 3302 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Free. 703-354-5104.

Advent carol festival, favorite hymns, followed by refreshments. 4 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church, 6362 Lincolnia Rd., Alexandria. 703-354-5233 or

Art Guild of Clifton Holiday Art Show and sale, original art and mixed media by Clifton artists. 4-9 p.m., Clifton Town Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd. 703-830-1480 or

Christmas concert, the church choir and guest artists perform traditional Christmas music, followed by a reception. 4 p.m., Washington Plaza Baptist Church, 1615 Washington Plaza, Reston. Bring a canned good or other nonperishable food item. 703-471-5225 or

Messiah” singalong, limited copies of the music score are available for use. 4 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church. Free. 703-532-6617 or

Watercolor exhibition and sale, 4-7 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Alexandria. 703-765-4573.

Handel’s “Messiah, Part 1,” led by the Rev. Mary Katherine Morn. With the church’s chorale and orchestra and soloists Keith Hudspeth, Robert Damashek, Karen Wolf, Liz Anderson, Mary Gaskins, Julie Price and Sarah Jebian. 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 9:15 and 11 a.m. Sunday, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton. Free. 703-281-4230 or

Night in Bethlehem, explore a marketplace, visit the shops on the street, see shepherds and Roman soldiers and chat with Mary and Joseph as they hold their newborn baby. 5:30-7 p.m., Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Franconia area. Free. 703-971-5151.

Ratcliffe-Allison House candlelight tours, docent-led tours follow the lighting of the Fairfax tree in the adjacent Pozer Garden. Learn about Christmas customs in 1812, 1824 and 1927. 6-7 p.m., Ratcliffe-Allison House, 10386 Main St., Fairfax City. Free. 703-385-8414.

Mutt Love Rescue holiday party and fundraiser, food, drinks and a silent auction. 6-9 p.m., Merrifield Garden Center Fair Oaks, 12101 Lee Hwy., Fairfax. $10; ticket packages of six and 12 also available. 703-577-0106 or

James Keelaghan, Focus Music in Mount Vernon presents the Canadian folk singer. 7 p.m., St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 8531 Riverside Rd., Alexandria. $18; in advance, $15. 703-380-3151 or

“Britten and the Brits,” a holiday concert by the Northern Virginia Chorale and the NOVA Annandale Chorale. In honor of Benjamin Britten’s 100th birthday, the program includes his “A Ceremony of Carols,” plus a carol singalong. 7:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5800 Backlick Rd., Springfield. $20, in advance, $15. 703-239-2180 or

“Lights, Camera, Christmas,” the Herndon Towne Square Singers perform music of the holidays from TV and movies. 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, ArtSpace, 750 Center St., Herndon. $12. 703-787-7300 or

Ballroom dance, live music by the Family. Sodas and light fare included. Cha-cha lesson, 8 p.m., open dancing, 9 p.m., Colvin Run Community Hall, 10201 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. $15; lesson, $5. 703-759-2685 or

“Jackie Hoffman’s a Chanukah Charol,” the Broadway and TV star examines her life when she is visited by the ghosts of Hanukkah past, present and future. 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. $29; JCCNV members and seniors, $24; students, $19. 703-323-0880 or

McLean Orchestra, holiday favorites with a touch of jazz, featuring singer Jason Paul Curtis and SwingLab and the McLean Youth Orchestra. 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oakcrest School, 850 Balls Hill Rd. $40, seniors $30, youth $15. 703-893-8646 or

Sunday, Dec. 8

Herndon holiday arts and craft show, more than 70 vendors offer unique gifts, decorations and handmade items. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave. 703-787-7300.

Gardener’s holiday open house, shop for festive greens, tree ornaments and baked seasonal breads. See a a vintage train display. Bob Brown Puppets holiday show, 2 p.m. Noon-4 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. Open house, free; puppet show, $3. 703-642-5173.

“Four Centuries of Virginia Christmas,” Virginia Christmas customs and letters from Union soldiers are examined by author Mary Miley Theobald. 2 p.m., Fairfax Museum, 10209 Main St., Fairfax. Free. 703-385-8414.

McLean Woman’s Club Chorale holiday concert, the 35-member chorale and soloists sing traditional and modern songs of the season. 2 p.m., Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, 1724 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean. Free. 703-556-0197 or

Hanukkah concert and open house, children’s performer Jill Moskowitz presents a concert for the smallest of singers and their families, followed by an open house. 2:45 p.m., Congregation Beth Emeth, 12523 Lawyers Rd., Herndon. Free, registration required. 703-860-4515, Ext. 115, or

Holiday open house and concert, learn about local charities and the preschool while you make an ornament and help decorate the tree, followed by a concert of Christmas music by the Cathedral Brass at 5 p.m. 4 p.m., Living Savior Lutheran Church, 5500 Ox Rd., Fairfax Station. Free. 703-352-1421 or

Christmas concert, music by St. John’s Sanctuary Choir, the Youth Choir, the Children’s Choir and Senior Saints plus a carol singalong. Special music by Handbells/Handchimes and Annandale Strings. 4:30 p.m., St. John’s United Methodist Church, 5312 Backlick Rd., Springfield. Free. 703-256-6655.

Christmas concert, German and Hispanic music. 4:30 p.m., Fairfax United Methodist Church, 10300 Stratford Ave., Fairfax. 703-591-3120.

Springfield bingo, age 12 and older, no smoking, youths 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult. 7 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays. Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department, 7011 Backlick Rd. $1 card, $35 multi-card book. 703-569-9828.

Monday, Dec. 9

Aquatic fall-prevention classes, 2-3 p.m. Mondays and Fridays and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Woodlands Retirement Community, 4320 Forest Hill Dr., Fairfax. $10 per class, registration required. 703-667-9800.

Fairfax bingo, no smoking, dinner sold, sponsored by the Arlington-Fairfax Elks. Proceeds go to scholarships and other Elks Lodge charities. Doors open, 5:30 p.m; early bird bingo, 6:30 p.m.; regular bingo, 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge, 8421 Arlington Blvd. Early bird minimum, $6; regular bingo, $14 for six face cards. 703-560-2188.

Christmas concert, by the Singing Sisters, the Daughters of St. Paul. 7 p.m., Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8710 Mount Vernon Hwy., Alexandria area. 703-780-4055.

Community Cats, information about trap-neuter-return. 7-9 p.m., Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Kingstowne area. 703-830-1100 or

Falls Church City Council meeting, 7:30 p.m., Falls Church City Hall, 300 Park Ave. 703-241-5014 or

Tuesday, Dec. 10

Parkinson’s aquatics exercise class, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Woodlands Retirement Community, 4320 Forest Hill Dr., Fairfax. $10; care partners, $5; registration required. 703-378-7221 or

Rotary Club of Burke, weekly meeting. 7:30 a.m., Brions Grille, 10621 Braddock Rd., Fairfax. Free. 703-691-2392, or

Post-partum mood and anxiety support, for mothers and babies. 10-11:30 a.m., Inova Fairfax Hospital, Heart and Vascular Institute, ground-floor conference center, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Free. 703-776-6775.

Dementia caregivers support, sponsored by the Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke for those caring for someone with dementia. Noon-1:30 p.m., Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Rd., Fairfax. Free, registration required. Eileen Thompson, 703-451-8626 or

Lewis Ginter Garden Festival of Lights, a bus trip to Richmond to see the gardens decorated with more than a half-million lights arranged in botanical themes. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Cost includes motor coach, driver tip, entrance fee, garden tour and semi-private buffet dinner. 2:30-10:30 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. $110, registration required. 703-642-5173.

Celebrate Recovery, a religious-based 12-step program addressing addiction, co-dependency, anger or other self-destructive behaviors. Child care provided. 7-9 p.m., Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Rd., Herndon. Free. 703-793-0026 or

Teens Who Stutter support group, for youths and their family members, with speech language pathologists and educators, sponsored by the National Stuttering Association. 7-8:30 p.m., McLean Professional Park, No. 103, 1497 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean. Free. 1-800-937-8888, or

Kings Park Concert Band practice, open to adults who played in high school or college. No audition required. 7:30 p.m., White Oaks Elementary School, cafeteria, 6130 Shiplett Blvd., Burke. Free. 703-580-8138, or

Mount Vernon Community Band practice, open to adult and youth musicians, the band has performed in the Mount Vernon area since 1978. No auditions required. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mount Vernon High School, band room, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Rd., Mount Vernon area. Free. 703-768-4172 or

Wednesday, Dec. 11

Catholic Women of the Chapel, for active-duty military, retirees and spouses. Jeanne Monahan will be the speaker. Breakfast included. Child care available. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Woodlawn Chapel, 1800 Wright Rd., Fort Belvoir. Free. 571-501-4614.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, for people dealing with food obsession, overeating, under-eating and bulimia. 7 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, 711 Spring St. SE, Vienna. Free. 571-334-6507 or

MS support group, for those with multiple sclerosis, and their family and friends, sponsored by the National Capital MS Society. 7 p.m., Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St. NE, Vienna. Free. 703-768-4841.

Clutterers Anonymous, a 12-step recovery program. 8:30-9:30 p.m., Unity Club, 116-B West Broad St., Falls Church. Free. 703-405-8384.

— Compiled by Jean Mack


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