Thursday, Nov. 28

Thanksgiving service, Bible readings, hymns and stories of gratitude and healing. 11 a.m., Christian Science Church, 3725 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. 703-591-3332 or

Bull Run Festival of Lights, a 21 /2-mile drive-through holiday displays. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 5:30-10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, through Jan. 5. Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. $15-$55. 703-359-4633 or

Winter Walk of Lights, walk on a paved trail to see more than 500,000 LED lights and displays that transform the gardens into a winter wonderland, including a flowing stream of softly glowing lights, a two-story animated fountain, a gingerbread village and more. 5:30-10 p.m. daily through Jan. 6, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna. $7-$13. 703-255-3631 or

Friday, Nov. 29

Gingerbread Man Mile, a fun run to benefit the charity Neediest Kids. There will be races by age category on a one-mile or two-block loop around Reston Town Center, plus a “Tot Trot.” 8 a.m., Reston Town Center, 11900 Market St. Free, donations accepted; registration required. 703-377-8045 or

Black Friday celebration, watch art demonstrations and shop for unique gifts from 100 artists in 65 studios and nine galleries. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. 703-584-2900 or

Reston Holiday Celebration, the parade theme is “Destination Reston!” with floats, Macy’s-style balloons, musicians, dancers, antique cars and Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage in an hour-long procession along Market Street, 11 a.m. Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Tree lighting, 6 p.m. Horse-drawn carriage rides, 6:30-10 p.m., Reston Town Center, 11900 Market St. Free. 703-689-4699 or

Annie!,” the musical for all ages is staged by the school’s theater company. 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 7, McLean High School, 1633 Davidson Rd., McLean. $15; seniors and students, $10. 703-714-5700, or

“Noises Off,” things go awry in this comedy as the 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 or

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

Saturday, Nov. 30

Drumstix Dash, an 8K run plus a family-friendly fun run and walk, refreshments and awards at the scenic park. Proceeds benefit Housing and Community Services of Northern Virginia to help end homelessness. 9 a.m., Burke Lake Park, Picnic Shelter A, 7315 Ox Rd., Fairfax Station. $35, in advance $30; fun run, $15. 703-978-0500 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

“The Nutcracker,” Classical Ballet Theatre performs the holiday favorite. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Tpk., Annandale. $25; seniors, students and children, $20; military families and scouts, $18. 703-471-0750 or

Jimmy Gaudreau and Orrin Star, the bluegrass musicians are masters of the mandolin and the guitar. 7:30 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Rd., Herndon. $15; ages 12 and younger, free. 703-435-8377, or

“A Chanticleer Christmas,” the male a cappella chorus performs music that spans centuries and genres, from spirituals and contemporary music to ancient hymns and sacred songs. 8 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $25-$50. 703-993-8888 or

Tom Teasley, world music by the master percussionist. Beer and wine sold. 8 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $25; seniors, $20; students, $10. 703-584-2900 or

Sunday, Dec. 1

Christmas in Camp, Civil War-era camp drills, holiday customs, ornament making and music. Noon-4 p.m., Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. Free. 703-591-0560.

Embracing Sound Energy, meditation with Tibetan bowls, facilitated by Rick and Susan Gallaher. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Celebration Center for Spiritual Living, 2840 Graham Rd., Falls Church. 703-560-2030 or

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. 2

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.

Model train open house, see model trolleys and trains including Thomas and some of his friends and the Polar Express on display and in operation. Hosted by the Northern Virginia Model Railroaders. 6-9 p.m., Vienna Railroad Depot, 231 Dominion Rd., Vienna. Free. 703-938-5157 or

Vienna Holiday Stroll, along the city’s historic Church Street for the sights and sounds of the holiday season, including local musical groups, a petting zoo and supervised bonfires for roasting marshmallows. Santa will arrive at the Freeman House at 6:30 p.m. 6-9 p.m., Church Street. Free. 703-938-5187 or

Widowhood support group, a support group for those who have lost a spouse, loved one or significant other in the last two years, addresses the unique needs of those under 60 who are adjusting to the unexpected and untimely death of their partners. 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Washington Regional Transplant Community, 7619 Little River Tpk., Suite 900, Annandale. 703-641-0100.

Tuesday, Dec. 3

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 Road, Fairfax. Free. 703-691-2392, or

“Drumming With the Dishes: Holiday Edition,” for ages 2-6, an interactive show about holiday music cooked up in the kitchen by a toddler and her imaginary friend. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Dec. 5; 7, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and Dec. 6; and 11 a.m. Dec. 8. Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $8. 703-584-2900 or

George Washington’s Presidential Library tour, Mount Vernon tour guides and Library staff will lead this new one-hour tour, which features rare books and manuscripts, special collections and art and research resources. 1:30 p.m., Mount Vernon, Donald W. Reynolds Education Center and Museum, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. $17; seniors, $16; age 6-11, $8; 5 and younger, free. 703-780-2000 or

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. 703-793-0026 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. 703-580-8138, or

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

NOVA-Annandale music faculty and friends concert, violinists Burton Peretti, May Ing-Ruehl and Jean Provine, pianist Sonya Suhnhee Kim, soprano Rosemarie Houghton, guitarist Larry LeMaster and cellist Robert Park perform works by Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Ferreira and others. 7:30 p.m., Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Tpk., Annandale. Free. 703-323-3114.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

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. 571-334-6507 or

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

— Compiled by Jean Mack


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