Thursday, Nov. 15

“Chart Your Retirement,” George Mason University is offering a non-credit, eight-hour class in which participants will discuss changing roles and relationships, work, the value of community involvement and changing family commitments. Presenters will share tools to create a customized retirement plan. This course is part of a pilot project for potential research. Registration information on the Web site. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Fort Hunt area. $40, registration required. 703-324-4600 or

Women’s Club of Greater Reston meeting, Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden will be the guest speaker. Refreshments served. 10 a.m., Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, 1609 Washington Plaza. 703-869-7624 or

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.

“Food Inc.,” watch the film, then hear a panel discussion by organic farmers Jim Bourne of Calvert County and Maureen Moodie of Arcadia Farm at Woodlawn Plantation, nutritionist Hope Warshaw and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, sponsored by the Mount Vernon Branch AAUW. 6 p.m., Heritage Presbyterian Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria. 703-768-8996.

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.

“Lend Me a Tenor,” a fast-paced farce filled with impersonation, plot twists and confusion, performed by the school’s drama department. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, James Madison High School, 2500 James Madison Dr., Vienna. $10. 703-319-2300 or

Potomac Rose Society meeting,“Combating Rose Midge and Rosebed Winterization.” Light refreshments. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. 301-869-4948.

Vietnam vets meeting, Richard Kirkland, Vienna resident and WWII fighter pilot, will discuss his tour of duty as an army fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater and as an original Dust Off helicopter pilot, which engaged in medical evacuations, in the Korean War. 7:30 p.m., Neighbor’s Restaurant, 262D Cedar Lane, Vienna. Free. 703-255-0353 or

“The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged),” an irreverent and heartwarming trip through the holidays by the Reduced Shakespeare Company. 8 p.m., CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. $15-$30. 703-476-4500 or

Friday, Nov. 16

McLean Art Society meeting, watercolorist David Daniels, an instructor for the Smithsonian and a teacher at Montgomery College, is the featured artist. His paintings are impressionistic and inspired by nature. 10 a.m.-noon, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Free. 703-790-0123.

43rd Annual Treasury of Art exhibit and reception, see hundreds of original works by artists from around the region, including Vienna’s “Artist of the Year,” Pauline Davis Lorfano, and meet juror Peter Ulrich at the awards reception. 7-9 p.m. The show continues 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. Free. 703-319-3971 or

Friday night film series, watch “Traces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep North,” which follows producer/director Katrina Browne and nine family members on a journey that brings them face to face with the history and legacy of New England’s hidden slave enterprise. A discussion follows. 7-9 p.m., Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, 10125 Lakehaven Ct., Burke. Free. 703-503-4579 or

“Cabaret,” a musical performed by the school’s drama department, light refreshments available. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Centreville High School, Roy A. “Skip” Maiden Theatre, 6001 Union Mill Rd., Clifton. $12; students, $10. 703-802-5434 or

“Oklahoma!,” a musical performed by the Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Bryant Alternative School, 2709 Popkins Lane, Alexandria. In advance, $10; at the door, $12. 703-360-0686 or

Mount Vernon Swing Band, conducted by Owen Hammett, light refreshments served. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Fort Hunt area. $4. 703-765-4573.

Howard Levy, a harmonica player and a founding member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones performs jazz. With Chris Siebold. 8 p.m., Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $25. 703-938-2404.

Saturday, Nov. 17

Hope For Help 5k Run/walk, proceeds benefit Feed My Starving Children. The course will take runners and walkers through the streets of Crosspointe subdivision in Lorton. Registration, 7:30 a.m., race starts 8 a.m., New Hope Church, 8905 Ox Rd., Lorton. $35; age 12 and younger, $15. 703-971-4673 or

Annual holiday bazaar, featuring 50 artisans, a country kitchen featuring chutneys and baked goods and upscale resale decorative household items and estate jewelry from the Jewelry Box shop. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria area. 703-765-5950 or

Washington Apple Pi Mac User Group meeting, password security. 9:30 a.m.-noon, George Mason University, Enterprise Hall, Rm. 178, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Free. 301-984-0300 or

26th annual City of Fairfax Holiday Craft Show, vendors sell their handcrafted wares. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax City. $5 per day, $8 for both days. 703-385-7858 or

Enchanted Forest Holiday Extravaganza, hands-on children’s activities, holiday entertainment, crafts and decorations, the National Capital Trackers model train display, a holiday marketplace, the “forest” of theme-decorated trees and much more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Westin Hotel at Tysons Corner, 7801 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. $12. 703-442-4163 or

Holiday bazaar, local artists and craftspeople sell photography, knitting, jewelry, pottery, mosaics, paintings, glass, jams, soaps and woodworking. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton. 703-281-4230.

Safe Assured ID Kits for Children, includes a color photo ID and a mini-CD that contains digital fingerprints, a digital photo, a video showing movement and mannerisms, a general physical description, vital personal information and a family code word. Private information is encrypted and accessible only by law enforcement. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fairfax City Police Department, 3730 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax City. Free, reservations required. 703-385-7966.

Northern Virginia Model Railroaders Club display and open house, see an HO-scale layout depicting the Western North Carolina Railroad and Thomas the Tank Engine and some of his friends. 1-5 p.m., Vienna Railroad Depot, 231 Dominion Rd., Vienna. Free; donations accepted. 703-938-5157 or

“Crazy Bet: Elizabeth Van Lew,” filmmaker Bert Morgan discusses his research on Elizabeth Van Lew, who nursed Union prisoners at Richmond’s Libby Prison and was part of network of Union spies in the Confederate capital. 2 p.m., Historic Blenheim, Civil War Interpretive Center, 3610 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. Free. 703-591-0560.

Fairfax Art League Gallery show and reception, meet the Fairfax Art League artists for this show, which features a collection of contemporary artwork. 6-9 p.m., Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Hwy. Free. 703-359-6000, Ext. 22.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, violinist Benjamin Beilman joins the Orchestra for an all-Beethoven program. With guest conductor Kenneth Woods. Pre-concert lecture, 7 p.m.; concert, 8 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $25-$55. 703-993-8888 or

Edgeworks Dance Theater, an all-male contemporary dance company. 7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tnpk., Fairfax. $27; seniors and JCCNV members, $22; college students with ID, $18. 703-537-3000.

Virginia Grand Military Band concert, celebrating 20 years of band music. 7:30 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $15; students and band directors, free; parking, $6 cash only. 703-426-4777 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. Dance lessons, 7:30 p.m.; open dancing, 8:30-11 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, Nov. 18

Round Robinson 5K Run, sponsored by the Robinsons Crew Boosters club. Prizes will be awarded. Registration, 7:30 a.m., race begins, 8:30 a.m., Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Rd., Fairfax. $30. 571-641-0849 or

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.

Franconia history day, the volunteer fire department will be spotlighted, with the release of the seventh in the “Franconia Remembers” book series. The book, written by Carl Sell and Jim Cox, is about the history of the volunteer fire department, which began protecting the area in 1934. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks sold. Noon-5 p.m., Franconia Fire Station, 6300 Beulah St. Free. 703-971-4716.

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

Peter Takacs, piano professor at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, presents a program of solo piano music by Beethoven, Ravel and Debussy. He and violinist Michelle Abraham also will perform Franck’s “Sonata for Violin and Piano.” 4 p.m., St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 3241 Brush Dr., Falls Church. $15, suggested donation. 703-200-7489, or

Claude Debussy-Clair de Lune and Beyond, a concert with commentary by pianist Jeffrey Siegel. 7 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $19, $30, $38; youth through grade 12 with an adult, half-price. 888-945-2468 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, Nov. 19

Centreville Garden Club meeting, bring fresh flowers to arrange for Thanksgiving centerpieces and handcrafted gifts for senior centers. 7 p.m., Sully Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. Free. 703-830-2942, or

Hootenanny, a folk-music party, bring your guitar, spoons, mandolins, and harmonicas or other musical instruments and sing and play along with members of the cast of “Woody Sez: The Words, Music & Spirit of Woody Guthrie.” 7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tnpk., Fairfax. $10 per person at the door; $5 if you bring an instrument. 703-537-3000 or

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

Tuesday, Nov. 20

Mount Vernon Genealogical Society meeting, Alexandria archaeologist Pamela Cressey discusses “Discovering the Past through Documents and Dirt.” 1 p.m., Hollin Hall Senior Center, Room 112, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Fort Hunt area. Free. 703-660-6969 or

Wednesday, Nov. 21

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Antiques Club meeting, Kevin Rawlings will be in costume as he portrays Santa Claus during the Civil War years. 9:30-11 a.m., Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Fort Hunt area. Free. 703-360-4979.

— Compiled by Jean Mack


Community Events, Fairfax Local Living, The Washington Post, 4020 University Dr., Suite 220, Fairfax, Va. 22030.
Announcements are accepted on a space-available basis from nonprofit and public organizations only and must be received at least 14 days before the Thursday publication date. Include event name, dates, times, exact address, prices and a publishable contact phone number.