Thursday, Jan. 17

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.

Fairfax County Park Authority forum,Director John W. Dargle Jr. will conduct an open discussion about parks in the community. 7 p.m., Herrity Building, Room 941, 12055 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax. 703-324-8700.

Senior scams,the Mount Vernon AAUW presents Lisa Schifferle, a lawyer with the Federal Trade Commission’s Identity Theft Program, with advice on ways to avoid scams that target seniors, and on detecting the signs of fraud and identity theft. 7 p.m., Mount Vernon District Governmental Center, 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria. Free. 703-718-9902.

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, Jan. 18

Third Friday with the Mount Vernon Swing Band, Owen Hammett will conduct the live band. Light refreshments will be provided. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Fort Hunt area. $4.

Cyrano de Bergerac,” Aquila Theatre stages Edmond Rostand’s tale of unrequited love. 8 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $20, $32, $40. 888-945-2468 or

Saturday, Jan. 19

Winter waterfowl hike, age 14 and older, hike with a park naturalist to search for winter waterfowl along the Upper Potomac River. Bring binoculars and spotting scopes. 9-11 a.m., Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Hybla Valley area. $6. 703-768-2525.

Garden design lectures, Elin Haaga and Betsy Washington, George Washington landscape design instructors, present two lectures, “Sun, Soil and Drainage” and “The Right Plants for the Right Places.” Learn to assess and improve your garden’s growing conditions, discover great plants and create a sustainable garden. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $35, registration required, use code 290 182 3201. 703-642-5173.

McLean Area AAUW meeting, Evelyn Garcia Morales, AAUW career development grantee, and AAUW American Fellow Eleanore Lambert will speak about their experiences and the importance of having received financial assistance for their studies. 9:30 a.m., McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Free. 703-790-5550.

Safari Saturday, ages 3-6 learn about nature and science with hands-on activities. 10-11 a.m., Hidden Pond Park and Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield. $6, registration required. 703-451-9588.

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

MLK musical tribute, by Reston Community Orchestra, with song stylist Beverly Cosham. 4 p.m., Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road. Free. 703-476-4500 or

“Can I Really Date a Guy Who Wears a Yarmulke?,” a romantic comedy about a woman who falls for a religious man. 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 27, Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. $27, JCCNV members and seniors $22, students $18. 703-537-3000 or

Country-western dance, a DJ provides the music, couples and singles welcome, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Country-Western Dance Association. Snacks and drinks will be available. Open dancing, 8:30-11 p.m.; lesson, 9:30 p.m., Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, 10125 Lakehaven Ct., Burke. $12; members, $10; dancers 17 and younger with a paying adult, $5. 703-860-4941 or

Sunday, Jan. 20

Vienna 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.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day community lunch, with keynote address by Julian Bond, former NAACP chairman and founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. A family-style community lunch will be provided; limited seating. 1-2:30 p.m., Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Free. Registration required; use number 704717-3A. 703-476-4500 or

“Don’t Be a Drip: Using Water Wisely,” Joe Henderson, pond and creek gardener at Chanticleer, discusses the uses of water, from ponds to handling excess water with rain gardens and storm water management. 1:30-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. $10, registration required, use code 290 182 1901. 703-642-5173.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities, a commemorative march from Lake Anne Plaza to the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, followed by Voices of Inspiration, the 23rd anniversary program honoring the civil rights leader. at 4 p.m. Marchers will assemble at 3:15 p.m. at Lake Anne Plaza. A shuttle bus will run between the two sites from 3 p.m. until after the Voices of Inspiration program. Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, 1441 Wiehle Ave, Reston. Free. 703-476-4500 or

Flying squirrels program, for ages 4 and older, look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near the nature center and learn to encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale. $6, registration required. 703-941-1065.

“SoLe Sanctuary,” a new production by Tony Award-winning choreographer and tap dancer Savion Glover in honor of Sammy Davis Jr., Jimmy Slyde and Glover’s teacher and mentor Gregory Hines. 7 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $23, $38, $46. 888-945-2468 or

Bluegrass barn concert, by the Lisa Kay Band. 7 p.m., Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center, 2739 W. Ox Rd., Herndon. $15. Tickets, 703-222-4664; information, 703-437-9109.

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, Jan. 21

Preschool open house, learn about the programs for ages 2 through pre-kindergarten and enrollment for the fall. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Accotink Universalist Unitarian Church, Spring-Mar Cooperative Preschool, 10125 Lakehaven Ct., Burke. 703-239-1213 or

Vienna Town Council meeting, 8 p.m. Monday, Vienna Town Hall, Council Chambers, 127 Center St. S. 703-255-6300 or

Tuesday, Jan. 22

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. 703-580-8138, or

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Campfire with constellations, meet at Cabell’s Mill to talk about stars, then head out to the meadow with a naturalist to learn to identify the early summer constellations. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. 7-8 p.m., Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly. $5, registration required. 703-631-0013.

Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, a concert with the Grammy-winning Stanley, who hails from Virginia and has been performing bluegrass and country music since 1946. 8 p.m., Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $40. 703-938-2404.

THURSday, Jan. 24

Livingston Taylor, the singer-guitarist enhances his intimate performances with anecdotes and stories. With folk-rock singer/songwriter Chelsea Berry. 8 p.m., Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $25. 703-938-2404 or

— Compiled by Jean Mack



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