Thursday, Feb. 14

Art demonstration, Ruth Ensley will demonstrate techniques that can be applied to any medium, including collage, batik, mixed media and watercolor. 10 a.m.-noon, Vienna Arts Center, 115 Pleasant St., Vienna. Free. 703-319-3971 or

Used book sale, books for adults and children. 1-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Rd., Burke. 703-249-1520.

Valentine’s Day tea, hear a selection of love letters, including notes written by Civil War soldiers. A full English tea is included. 1-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. $28, reservations required. 703-941-7987.

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.

Bye, Bye Birdie,” Key Middle School students perform the musical. 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Francis Scott Key Middle School, 6402 Franconia Rd., Springfield. $7. 703-313-3900.

Springfield bingo, for 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.

Friday, Feb. 15

Adventures in Learning registration, adults over 50 can shape up mentally and physically at Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke. Registrants bring a bag lunch and stay for classes, activities and socializing. 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Mondays, March 18-April 29. Registration forms and class schedule available on the Web site or by phone after Feb. 15. Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Rd., Fairfax. $30. 703-323-4788 or

Vienna family skate night, bring roller or in-line skates and safety equipment. Parents must stay with their children and may participate. 6:30-8 p.m. Fridays, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. $1. 703-255-6360.

Bowling for Columbine,” Michael Moore’s Oscar-winning documentary about gun violence. 7 p.m., United Christian Parish, 11508 North Shore Dr., Reston. Free. 703-620-3065.

Tot Shabbat, a service filled with music, stories, activities and child-friendly prayers, for infants through second-graders. 7-7:30 p.m., Temple B’nai Shalom, 7612 Old Ox Rd., Fairfax Station. 703-764-2901.

The Pink Panther Strikes Again,” a teen production by the Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre Company. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Heritage Presbyterian Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria. $10. 703-360-0686 or

“Italian American Reconciliation,” a divorced man attempts to win back his wife with help from his best friend in this romantic comedy. 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 24, 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Rd., McLean. $25; students, $15. 703-854-1856 or

The Vagina Monologues,” author Eve Ensler’s exploration of views on sex, relationships and violence against women. Proceeds from the show benefit the Mason Victims of Violence Fund. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, George Mason University, Harris Theater, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $25. 703-993-8892 or

McLean dance and art show, dance while local artists bring canvas, paint and easel and paint to the music; dance or sing karaoke during band breaks. 8 p.m.-midnight, McLean VFW Post 8241, 1051 Spring Hill Rd. Free. 703-883-9250.

Next to Normal,” the McLean Community Players present this Tony-winning musical on how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, McLean Community Center, Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. $18-$20. 866-811-4111 or

Saturday, Feb. 16

McLean area AAUW meeting, Aryanna Abouzari, an Affordable Care Act outreach specialist for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the guest speaker. 9:30 a.m., McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Free. 703-790-5550.

Wolf Run Shoals expedition, take a van trip to explore the traces of this little-known community and Civil War site. Learn about the encampment of the 12th and 13th Vermont infantries and the families, mill and shops of the area. Bring a bag lunch, and dress for a moderate hike. Van departs at 10 a.m., returns at 4 p.m., Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Walney visitor center, 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly. $24, registration required by Feb. 14. 703-631-0013.

Celebrate Presidents’ Day and learn historical political trivia. Play “Preamble Scramble” and tour the house. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sully Historic Site, 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly. $7; students, $6; seniors and children, $5. 703-437-1794.

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

“Sleeping Beauty: The Broken Spell,” a magician and his talking cat go on a mission to find Sleeping Beauty’s true love and save her from endless sleep. 1 p.m. Saturdays, through March 2, Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $12; age 11 and younger, $8. 703-584-2900 or

Bird banding program, for ages 6 and older, learn how birds are captured, examined, banded and safely released as part of a wildlife project that contributes to federal bird migration studies. 1:30-3 p.m., Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly. $6, registration required. 703-631-0013.

Barred owls campfire, take an evening hike, meet the resident barred owl and learn about owls, then toast marshmallows by a campfire. 6-7:30 p.m., Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Cabell's Mill, 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly. $6, registration required. 703-631-0013.

Country-western dance, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Country-Western Dance Association. A DJ provides the music. Couples and singles welcome. Snacks and drinks available. Lessons, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; open dancing, 8:30-11 p.m., Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, 10125 Lakehaven Ct., Burke. $12; members, $10; age 17 and younger accompanied by a paying adult, $5. 703-860-4941 or

Cecil Ray Comedy Club, featuring Christian stand-up comedians T.J. Reed, Angela Moore and club owner Cecil Ray, hosted by Miss Clarees. 7 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theatre, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 703-584-2900 or

Ballroom dancing, led by an instructor, complimentary refreshments and a cash bar. Casual dress, all skill levels are welcome. Dance lesson 7:30 p.m., open dancing, 8-10:30 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, Building W-16 McGuireWoods Gallery, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $10; lesson, $5. 703-584-2900 or

John Eaton, the pianist, vocalist, musicologist and humorist performs hits from the ’20s to the ’40s. 7:30 p.m., Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $25. 703-938-2404 or

Mill Run, the traditional bluegrass band performs, with vocal harmonies by Bobby and Billie Sue Goff. 7:30 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Rd., Herndon. $12; age 12 and younger free. 703-435-8377 or

Gerald Clayton Trio, swinging jazz music. 8 p.m., CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. $15-$30. 703-476-4500 or

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, selections celebrating Mardi Gras. 8 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $22-$44. 703-993-8888 or

Ghost trackers, for ages 16 and older, see a mysterious gravestone and visit the 200-year-old miller’s house to track the ghosts of Centreville’s past. Hear chilling local history and folklore tales. 9-10 p.m., Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Cabell's Mill, 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly. $15, registration required. 703-631-0013.

Sunday, Feb. 17

Breakfast buffet, omelets, scrambled eggs, blueberry pancakes, bacon and more. 8 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 180, 330 Center St. N., Vienna. $8, children $3. 703-938-1379.

Bird feeders workshop, bring empty milk jugs or two-liter soda bottles to make bird feeders, learn tips for feeding birds and how to identify common species. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly. $5, registration required. 703-631-0013.

“What the Butler Saw” tea program, for ages 13 and older, go behind closed doors to see the risque side of Victorian life depicted in prints, postcards, photographs and magazines. A full English tea is included. 1-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. $28, registration required. 703-941-7987.

Model train display, the Northern Virginia NTRACK members will have a display and show running N-gauge trains. 1-4 p.m., Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Rd., Fairfax Station. $3; children, $1. 703-425-9225 or

Plant seminar, Michael Szesze discusses carnivorous plants from around the world. 1:30-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. $10, registration required. 703-642-5173.

“A Tribute to the Dream,” a Black History Month concert by George Mason University’s Potomac Arts Academy and School of Music, the Mason Wind Symphony and vocal studies students, Mason Gospel Choir, members of the Zion Baptist Church Senior Choir and the Herndon Elementary School chorus. 3 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $10, students and seniors $5. 703-993-8888 or

Harmony Heritage Singers, the 40-member barbershop chorus performs patriotic and popular songs to benefit United Community Ministries, which helps low-income people living in the Route 1 corridor. 3 p.m., Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria area. Free, donations accepted. 703-765-4779 or

Springfield bingo, for 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-$35. 703-975-1079.

Monday, Feb. 18

George Washington’s birthday, celebrate Washington’s 281st birthday with military demonstrations and musical performances by the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, a wreath-laying ceremony at his tomb and stories about him. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. 703-780-2000.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Five Hills Garden Club meeting, Denise Shree, the apiarist for Meadowlark Gardens, will discuss native mason bees and how these pollinators play a vital environmental role, especially with the decline of the honey bee population. Learn how to prepare a mason bee house for your yard. 9:30 a.m., Vienna Presbyterian Church, lower level, 124 Park St. NE, Vienna. Free. 703-988-9324.

Mount Vernon Genealogical Society meeting, genealogist Charles S. “Chuck” Mason Jr. presents the program, “Our Ancestors Did Not Live Alone.” 1 p.m., Hollin Hall Senior Center, room 112, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Fort Hunt area. 703-866-2478, or

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

Centering prayer, for those who want to pray silently in the company of others. 7-7:45 p.m. Tuesdays, St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 1830 Kirby Rd., McLean. 703-356-1881.

Passages, a 13-week DivorceCare series for those experiencing the pain of separation or divorce. 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St. NE, Vienna. $20, scholarships available, registration required. 703-938-9050 or

Kings Park Concert Band practice, open to adults who played in high school or college and want to continue playing, a nonprofit community band with a professional conductor that performs throughout Northern Virginia. No audition required. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, White Oaks Elementary School, cafeteria, 6130 Shiplett Blvd., Burke. Free. 703-580-8138, or

Wednesday, Feb. 20

Fort Belvoir Military Council of Catholic Women Bible study group, for military women and spouses of active or retired military members; a discussion of the book “The Year of Faith” by the Rev. Mitch Pacwa. 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Woodlawn Chapel, 1800 Wright Rd., Fort Belvoir. Charlotte Pierce, 703-339-8437.

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Antiques Club meeting, Gale Curcio, a partner in a vintage-inspired boutique in Alexandria, will discuss tablecloths from the 1940s and ’50s. 9:30-11 a.m., Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Fort Hunt area. Free. 703-765-4573.

McLean Antique Club meeting, Judith Lesser will present “English Art Deco Ceramics.” 10 a.m., McLean Community Center, Classroom C, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Free. 703-759-2431.

Photography competition, Andrew Jezioro, digital photography lecturer at Northern Virginia Community College, will judge architectural photographs for the Vienna Photographic Society. 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Thoreau Middle School, 2505 Cedar Lane, Vienna. 703-451-7298, or

Thursday, Feb. 21

Women’s Club of Greater Reston, Joe Leighton, secretary of the Reston Association Board, will discuss the impact of the Silver Line Metro on the community and programs for seniors. Refreshments available. 10 a.m.-noon, Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, 1609 Washington Plaza. 703-476-6240 or

The farmers table, meet with farmers and vendors, find seasonal produce, baked goods, meat and eggs; learn what is in season and how to use it. Weekly activities may include wagon rides, pony rides, making cupcakes, craft activities and meeting baby animals. 2:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center, 2739 W. Ox Rd., Herndon. Free. 703-437-9109.

Mount Vernon Branch AAUW meeting, June Malina of People to People International will discuss “How to Enrich Your Travels While Saving Money.” 7 p.m., Mount Vernon District Governmental Center, 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria. Free. 703-395-9626.

Plant communities in landscape design, a discussion by the Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society on the resources available from regional plant communities to give landscape designers opportunities to implement more complex arrangements. 7:30-9 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. Free. 703-642-5173 or

Vietnam veterans meeting, Pam Cain, daughter of Air Force Col. Oscar Mauterer, who was lost while flying over Laos during the Vietnam War in 1966, will share her story of being the daughter of a missing-in-action father. 7:30 p.m., Neighbor’s Restaurant, 262D Cedar Lane, Vienna. 703-255-0353 or

— Compiled by Jean Mack


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