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Fairfax County community calendar, Feb. 7 to Feb. 14, 2013

Thursday, Feb. 7

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.

Prayer and healing service, a quiet time for personal prayer and to pray for others. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Cranford United Methodist Church, 9912 Old Colchester Rd., Lorton. 703-339-5382.

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.

“Cinderella,” a high school production of the musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Little Theatre, Entrance 14, 9200 Burke Lake Rd., Burke. $12; ages 9 and younger, $8. 703-426-1297, or

Friday, Feb. 8

Backyard composting, learn how to turn scraps and leaves into rich garden soil. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. $10, registration required. 703-642-5173.

Veal parmesan dinner, with spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. 5:30-8 p.m., American Legion Post 180, 330 Center St. N., Vienna. $10. 703-938-9535.

Family Skate Night, bring roller skates or in-line skates and safety equipment. Parents are required to stay with their children and are welcome to participate. 6:30-8 p.m. Fridays, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna. $1. 703-255-6360.

“Little Town of Bethlehem,” an award-winning documentary about three men — a Christian, a Muslim and a Jew — who were willing to risk everything to bring an end to violence in their lifetime. Refreshments provided. 7 p.m., Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria area. Free. 703-721-0595 or

Carmen Jones” screening and dinner, watch the the 1954 film, directed by Otto Preminger, starring Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge and Pearl Bailey, and enjoy a three-course dinner from a menu designed to complement the film’s theme. 8 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theater, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $45, includes film, dinner and soft drinks; additional cost for a wine-pairing. 703-584-2900.

“Italian American Reconciliation,” John Patrick Shanley’s operatic, comic and romantic play about a divorced man’s attempts to win back his wife with help from his best friend. 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, $15 students. 703-854-1856.

“Proposals,” the Vienna Theatre Company presents Neil Simon’s nostalgic play that recalls one idyllic afternoon in the summer of 1957, the last time a family gathered at its retreat in the Poconos. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 9; 2 p.m. Feb. 3 and 10., Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. $13; students and seniors, $11. 703-255-6360 or

“You’re Gonna Hear from Me: A Tribute to Nancy Wilson,” Jenelle Lynn Randall celebrates legendary jazz singer. 8 p.m., George Mason University, Harris Theater, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $15; students and seniors, $10. 703-993-8888 or

A Musical Shabbat, with artist-in-residence Hannah Spiro. 8 p.m., Temple B’nai Shalom, 7612 Old Ox Rd., Fairfax Station. Free. 703-764-2901.

Mark Morris Dance Group, the program includes “The Office,” set to music by Dvorak, and “Festival Dance,” set to Hummel’s Piano Trio No. 5 in E. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $23, $38, $46. 703-993-8888 or

Next to Normal,” a winner of three Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama, this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 16, McLean Community Center, Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. $18-$20. 866-811-4111 or

Saturday, Feb. 9

Boater education, a safety course that meets the education requirements of all states is offered by Flotilla 25-8 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Contact Rich Miller for information and an enrollment form. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 8592 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria. $40; two people sharing the course manual, $60. 703-780-3765 or

Settlement agreements, a divorce attorney will compare mediation and negotiation, covering strategies and pitfalls to avoid. Tips on how to negotiate or mediate your separation, custody and property settlement agreement and avoid a courtroom. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the Women’s Center, 127 Park St. NE, Vienna. $40; members, $30; $70, couple; member couple, $50. 703-281-2657, Ext. 276.

Animal sweethearts dance, for ages 3-8, features dancing, a nature walk with Cupid, animal home-building activities, the drama “The Kingfisher’s Speech,” plus crafts and refreshments. 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m., Hidden Pond Park and Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield. $8, registration required. 703-451-9588.

Birds of Prey van tour, for age 18 and older, visit local areas of wintering and resident hawks and owls. Bring binoculars and a bag lunch. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Walney visitor center, 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly. $32, reservations required. 703-437-1794.

Winter waterfowl hike, for age 9 and older, hike the boardwalk to the observation tower with a birder who will share natural history and identification tips. Search for green-winged teals, pintails, swamp sparrows, winter wrens and maybe a bald eagle. Bring binoculars and spotting scopes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 10 a.m.-noon, Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Hybla Valley area. $6, registration required. 703-768-2525.

“All the Tea in China,” sample different types of Chinese tea and pair them with traditional foods in honor of the Year of the Snake. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. $25, registration required, use code 290-183-3001. 703-642-5173.

“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, $8 children younger than 12. 703-584-2900.

Black History Month event, student athletes from Herndon High School will present readings on the Emancipation Proclamation, its history and importance. 1-2 p.m., ArtSpace, 750 Center St., Herndon. Free. 703-956-6590.

Chocolate tea program, for ages 8 and older, grind cacao beans into a paste that is the base for the chocolate beverage. 2-3:30 p.m., Sully Historic Site, 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly. $25, registration required. 703-437-1794.

Valentine tea program, a costumed interpreter will read a Walney mystery love poem and invite you to write a poem to frame in a Valentine card. Tea and cookies served. 2-3:30 p.m., Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Machen Farm, 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly. $7, reservations required. 703-631-0013.

Winter in bloom, for ages 5 and older, learn how to trick bulbs and branches into flowering indoors. 2-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. $6, registration required. 703-642-5173.

“Cocktail Party!” a group exhibit by 13 studio artists is a mix of realism, impressionism, expressionism, social commentary and abstraction, on display through March 3. Reception, 6-9 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. Free. 703-584-2900.

Masquerade Ball, dancing to live music by Mike Surratt’s Continentals, with German food, wine, beer and soft drinks available for purchase, sponsored by the Washington Saengerbund. Prizes awarded for best costumes. 7 p.m.-midnight, Kena Temple, 9001 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax. $ 25 in advance, $ 30 at the door. 1-702-280-1772 or

Polish-American dinner dance, stuffed cabbage, kielbasa, pierogies, sauerkraut, salad, dessert and refreshments; music provided by the Lenny Adams Trio. Sponsored by Good Samaritan Council 6175, Knights of Columbus to benefit their scholarship fund. 7-11:30 p.m., St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, 750 Peachtree St., Herndon. $30. 703-385-8294 or

Reston contra dance, dances taught by Susan Tayor, with music by the June Apple Band. No partner necessary. Snacks to share are welcome. Beginners workshop, 7:15-8 p.m.; dance, 8-10:45 p.m., Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. $9. 703-476-4500.

“For Money or Love,” a screening of the 2012 movie about a wealthy man who finds himself wondering whether his fiance is with him for who he is or for his money. 8 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $10, cash bar and concessions available. 703-584-2900 or

Potomac Fever and Rock Creek Singers, select vocal ensembles of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C., sing pop, choral and Broadway music. Potomac Fever is a 13-voice a cappella close-harmony pop ensemble; Rock Creek Singers is a 24-member chamber ensemble whose repertoire includes traditional choral music and Broadway tunes. 8 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. $27; seniors, $22; students, $18. 703-537-3000 or

Sunday, Feb. 10

Bird program, for ages 8 and older, examine beaks, feathers, nests and talons and learn about life cycles, migration patterns and adaptations. See specimens and live birds. 10-11 a.m., Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Cabell’s Mill, 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly. $5, registration required. 703-631-0013.

The Amazing Gospel Souls, a gospel band that had its beginnings inside Lorton Prison in the early 1980s and is made up of ex-offenders from Washington. 11:30 a.m., Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theater, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $15. 703-584-2900 or

Maple syrup boil-down, the maple trees are tapped and the sap is boiled down into a sweet syrup. Sample it over freshly baked cornbread. Noon-2 p.m., Colvin Run Mill, 10017 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. $3. 703-759-2771.

Pests from exotic places, Adria Bordas, a Virginia cooperative extension agent, discusses the most recent exotic insects and diseases in your landscape. 1:30-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. $10, registration required. 703-642-5173.

“Between the Lines: Free Blacks Living on Mason Neck during the Civil War,” watch a screening of the sixth in a series of films produced by the Seeds of Independence Committee at Gunston Hall, the home of George Mason. 2 p.m., Fairfax Museum, 10209 Main St., Fairfax. Free. 703-385-8414.

“Imagination Squared,” this exhibit features more than 100 10-inch-by-10-inch canvases painted in acrylics, oils and mixed media by artists from across the region, on display through March 2. Opening reception, 2-4 p.m. Vienna Arts Center, 115 Pleasant St., Vienna. Free. 703-319-3971 or

Arlington Rose Foundation meeting, “Roses and the Lost Art of Natural Perfumery,” a talk by Tara Krause of the Organic Perfumer. Light Refreshments. Valentine rose bouquets as door prizes. 2-4 p.m., Merrifield Garden Center Fair Oaks, 12101 Lee Hwy., Fairfax. Free. 703-371-9351.

Year of the Snake, celebrate Chinese New Year with traditional games, stories and crafts and meet a few live snakes. 2-3:30 p.m., Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale. $7, registration required. 703-941-1065.

Valentine tea, a tour of the farmhouse and a full tea of sandwiches, sweets and scones. 2 p.m., Cherry Hill Farmhouse, 312 Park Ave., Falls Church. $28, reservations required. 703-248-5171.

Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society, Todd Brethauer will present an informal slide show, “Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potash — Oh My!” on what you need to know about soil for growing great chrysanthemums and other flowers in preparation for spring planting. 2:30 p.m., Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls St., Falls Church. Free. 703-560-8776.

Handbell dessert concert, sponsored by St. Matthew’s Weekday School. 3 and 6 p.m., St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, 8617 Little River Tpk., Annandale. $10; ages 7-17, $8; ages 6 and younger, $6. 703-978-3500 or

Classical Ballet Theatre, classical and contemporary choreography. Wine and hors d'oeuvres, 6:30-7 p.m.; performance, 7-8:30 p.m., CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. $22; seniors, students, children and military, $18. 703-471-0750 or

Classical FX, a quartet featuring soprano Denise Gulley, mezzo-soprano Terri Malone, tenor Tim Augustin and bass-baritone Matthew Joseph Minor, with pianist Susan Ricci Rogel, performing opera, show tunes and spirituals. 7 p.m., Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. $20 in advance or $25 at the door, seniors and students, $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 703-978-3934, Ext. 30 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. 11

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

Tuesday, Feb. 12

AARP’s driver safety class, a two-day course for seniors to learn about defensive driving and ways to compensate for age-related changes in hearing, vision and reaction time, sponsored by the Shepherd’s Center of Annandale-Springfield. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday and Feb. 14, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 6800 Columbia Pike, Annandale. $14; members (bring your AARP card), $12. 703-941-1419.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, information about the federally funded program that helps low-income people purchase groceries. Learn program details and requirements for qualifying, sponsored by Fairfax County. 10 a.m., Herndon Senior Center, 873 Grace St., Herndon. Free. 703-324-7948 or

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, orange juice and coffee. 4:30-7 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church. No set price, donations accepted. 703-532-6617, or

Pancake dinner, sponsored by Great Falls United Methodist Men, to benefit the Society of St. Andrew, to help feed the hungry. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Great Falls United Methodist Church, 10100 Georgetown Pike. Free, donations accepted. 703-759-3705.

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. 703-793-0026 or

Centering Prayer, a gathering 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. Free. 703-356-1881.

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. 13

Fort Belvoir Military Council of Catholic Women faith study group, for all military women and spouses of active or retired military members. 9:30 a.m., Woodlawn Chapel, 1800 Wright Rd., Fort Belvoir. Free. Charlotte Pierce, 703-339-8437.

Springfield Christian Women’s Connection luncheon, Faye Parson will discuss “How to Stay on Top with Lasting Peace and Security in a Topsy-Turvy Insecure World.” 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Springfield Golf and Country Club, 8301 Old Keene Mill Rd. $17, reservations required by Feb. 8. 703-590-6562 or

NARFE Springfield Chapter meeting, attorney Lonnie Rich discusses wills, trusts, probate and medical directives at a meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employee Association. 1 p.m., American Legion Post 176, 6520 Amherst Ave., Springfield. Free. 703 569-9684 or

Night hike and campfire, learn about nocturnal hunters in the park, then have hot chocolate and roast marshmallows around the campfire. 6-7:30 p.m., Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly. $6, registration required. 703-631-0013.

“Uncover the Prison in Your Back Yard,” “Life Behind Bars” is the second lecture in the series on the history of the Lorton Correctional Facility. A panel of former inmates, moderated by retired prison chaplain Dr. Elwood Gray, will share experiences. 7:30 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, McGuireWoods Gallery, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. Free. 703-584-2900.

“JUNK,” Brian Sanders’ choreography blends found objects and clever inventions to bridge the gap between dance and physical theater. 8 p.m., CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. $15-$30. 703-476-4500 or

Thursday, Feb. 14

Used book sale, shop for 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 program, hear a selection of love letters, including love notes written by Civil War soldiers. A full English tea included. 1-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. $28, reservations required. 703-941-7987.

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

— Compiled by Jean Mack


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