Thursday, Oct. 31

Breast-feeding support group, for mothers and babies. 10-11 a.m. Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Fairfax Women's Center, seventh floor, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Free. 703-776-6455.

Fairfax “Trunk or Treat,” treats for kids from the trunks of vehicles decorated in family friendly themes. There will also be food, a moon bounce, balloon animals and more. 6-8 p.m., Jubilee Christian Center, 4650 Shirley Gate Rd., Fairfax. Free. 703-383-1170.

Herndon “Trunk or Treat,” decorated car trunks with lots of candy, inflatables for kids to bounce on, a preschool harvest activity area, a family photo booth (bring your own camera), hot dogs, snacks, drinks and contests for best costumes by age group. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Rd., Herndon. Free. 703-793-0026 or

Cribbage, for age 21 and older, an organized group recognized by the American Cribbage Congress. 7-10 p.m. American Legion Post 176, 6520 Amherst Ave., Springfield. $10. 703-503-9420 or

Mood disorders support, sponsored by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Falls Church. 7-9 p.m. First Christian Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Free. 703-354-5104.

Springfield bingo, 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.

“The Music of Nevermore,” a concert-style performance featuring Matt Conner’s musical interpretations of Edgar Allan Poe’s best known poems, stories and characters. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theatre, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $20-$30. 703-584-2900 or

Friday, Nov. 1

Rotary Club of Dulles International Airport, weekly meeting. 7:30 a.m. Hilton Washington Dulles Airport, 13869 Park Center Rd., Herndon. Free. 703-609-3079 or

Helping Hands Stroke Club meeting, for stroke survivors and caregivers. 1-2 p.m. Joseph Willard Health Center, 3750 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. $1. 703-246-7120.

“Tales From the Brothers Grimm,” Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theater weaves together familiar Grimm tales and lesser-known folktales in a musical performance for all ages. 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 24, Creative Cauldron, 410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church. $15, seniors and students $12. 571-239-5288 or

Halloween concert, for children and families. Storytelling and performances by young harpists from Crookston Harp Studio, Prelude Chamber Youth Strings and the church’s youth. An offering will benefit theYouth Choir. Children may wear costumes. 7:45 p.m., St. John’s United Methodist Church, 5312 Backlick Rd., Springfield. Free, tickets are required. Tickets, 703-256-6655.

“Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” Vienna Theatre Company’s fall production is Steve Martin’s comedy about Picasso and Einstein meeting in a bar in Paris in 1904. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. $13. 703-255-6360 or

Saturday, Nov. 2

Northern Virginia Jewish Book Festival, lectures and programs by local, national and international authors. Through Nov. 13, Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. Single-event tickets, free-$19; all-access pass, $33-$66. 703-323-0880 or

Lions Club flea market, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Springfield-Franconia Host Lions Club, 6900 Hechinger Dr., Springfield. Sellers: $20 per parking spot, first come, first serve. 703-569-3074 or

“A Day With Chrysanthemums,” an exhibition of mums, information about landscaping with them, their history and growing techniques, door prize drawings, handouts and refreshments, hosted by the Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Merrifield Garden Center Fair Oaks, 12101 Lee Hwy., Fairfax. Free. 703-560-8776.

Alternative gifts market, purchases can help provide mosquito nets to children in Africa or legal support to help free a girl from the sex trade in Thailand. Sponsored by Compassion International, International Justice Mission, Indigenous Outreach International and other mission organizations. 9-11 a.m., Southview Community Church, 2620 Reston Pkwy., Herndon. 703-860-8800 or

Bake and craft sale, 30 artists and crafters show and sell their works, plus a bake sale, sponsored by Lorton Senior Center Advisory Council. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Lorton Senior Center, 7722 Gunston Plaza. 703-550-7195.

Craft fair, sponsored by Island Creek PTA, baked goods, breakfast and lunch sold; the first 50 shoppers will receive free gift. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Island Creek Elementary School, 7855 Morning View Lane, Alexandria area. 703-550-8479 or

Fairfax bike summit, the role of bicycling in the transformation of Tysons, Reston, and other transit-oriented, mixed-use areas into livable, walkable and sustainable communities, sponsored by Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling. Exhibits by area bike stores and local bike organizations. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., George Mason University, The HUB, 10423 Rivanna River Lane. $25, lunch included. 703-328-9619 or

Used book sale, fiction and non-fiction. Cash only. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Hardback, $2; trade paperbacks, $1, pocket paperbacks, $.50. 703-938-0405 or

Children’s clothing swap, donate clothes, coats, sweaters and shoes for girls and boys, age 14 and younger, and take home any amount of clothing you will need for your children. Items must be clean and in good condition. Toys and books also accepted. You do not need to make a donation to participate. 10 a.m.-noon, Silverbrook United Methodist Church, 8616 Silverbrook Rd., Lorton. Free. 703-690-4159 or

Open house, meet the staff and the board of directors, learn about services provided to the community. Light refreshments and raffles. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, 3951 Pender Dr., Suite 130, Fairfax. Free. 703-352-9055, or

“Girls Day Out,” a day of pampering, beginning with a luncheon featuring author and speaker Beth Cabrera, followed by breakout sessions on make-up trends, household fix-it tips, self-defense, health screenings, shopping and swag bags. Valet parking included. Sponsored by Reston Hospital Center. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Westfields Marriott, 14750 Conference Center Dr., Chantilly. $35. 877-689-3627 or

Mended Hearts support group, for heart surgery patients, their families and friends. 11 a.m. Saturday, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Heart and Vascular Institute, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Free. 703-941-8500.

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

Brain injury support group, for survivors and families. 1-3 p.m., Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria area. Free. 703-780-4458.

Holiday boutique, sponsored by the Franconia Women of the Moose Chapter 1042, vendors sell jewelry, handbags, handmade soap and other items. There will also be a raffle with prizes donated by the vendors. Proceeds will benefit a Moose-approved charity. 1-5 p.m., Franconia Moose Family Center, 7701 Beulah St., Alexandria. Admission, free. 571-243-7994.

“No Show,” ages 5 and older. Doug Berky uses mime and physical comedy as he stands in for multiple characters who fail to show up for a performance. 2 p.m., McLean Community Center, Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. $15, MCC district residents $10. 703-790-0123 or

Polish heritage book talk, learn about Polish heritage through the stories, recipes and sample dishes of Laura and Peter Zeranski, local authors of two books, “Polish Classic Recipes” and “Polish Classic Desserts.” 2 p.m., Fairfax City Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax City. Free, registration required. 703-293-6227 or

Mental health support, sponsored by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Falls Church. 3-5 p.m., Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, 3302 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Free. 703-354-5104.

Country-western dance, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Country-Western Dance Association, a DJ provides the music. Couples and singles welcome. Bring your own refreshments. Lesson, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; open dancing, 7:30-10 p.m., Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 N. Chambliss St., Lincolnia area. $12; members, $10; age 17 and younger accompanied by a paying adult, $5. 703-860-4941 or

Iona, Focus Music in Mount Vernon presents the award-winning pan-Celtic group performing a blend of traditional music from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and Galicia, including songs, dance tunes and aires. 7 p.m., St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 8531 Riverside Rd., Alexandria. $18; in advance,$15. 703-380-3151 or

Dead Men’s Hollow, acoustic bluegrass, country, folk, gospel, old-time and a bit of jazz music. 7:30 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Rd., Herndon. $12; ages 12 and younger, free. 703-435-8377 or

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil,” the 2011 satiric horror comedy. 8 p.m., McLean Community Center, Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Free. 703-790-0123.

Ballroom dance, live music by Mike Surratt and the ECB (Eclectic Coalition Band). Sodas and light fare included. Dress is “ballroom casual.” No experience or partner needed. Swing dance lesson, 8 p.m., open dancing, 9 p.m., Colvin Run Community Hall, 10201 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. $15; lesson, $5. 703-759-2685 or

Sunday, Nov. 3

Charity Shag-a-Thon, the 15th annual dance sponsored by the Northern Virginia Shag Club to support Capital Caring, a palliative care and hospice organization. Carolina beach music by the Rick Strickland Band. Cash bar, light snacks provided. 1-5 p.m., Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge, 8421 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax. $10. 703-361-8159.

Author talk, Dolen Perkins-Valdez discusses her book “Wench,” about the lives of four enslaved women in the pre-Civil War era. 2:30 p.m., Gunston Hall Plantation, 10709 Gunston Rd., Mason Neck. Free, donations accepted. 703-550-9220 or

National Capital Bird Club meeting, for pet owners in the District, Maryland and Virginia, with lectures, films, discussions, and social events. 3:30-5 p.m., Mason District Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free. 703-281-5293.

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

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, bluegrass music. 7 p.m., Frying Pan Farm Park, Bluegrass Barn, 2709 W. Ox Rd., Herndon. $18; in advance, $15. 703-437-9101.

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 card, $35 multi-card book. 703-569-9828.

Monday, Nov. 4

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.

Arabic course, a six-week introductory course for adults and children. Instructor Neda Cigar will provide the textbooks. 7 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 9, Antioch Christian Church, 1860 Beulah Rd., Vienna. Free; registration required. 703-281-1694 or

Widowhood support group, addresses the needs of those younger than 60 who are adjusting after the death of a spouse, fiancé or significant other in the last two years. 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Washington Regional Transplant Community, 7619 Little River Tpk., Suite 900, Annandale. Free. 703-641-0100.

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

Tuesday, Nov. 5

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

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. Free. 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. Tuesdays, White Oaks Elementary School, cafeteria, 6130 Shiplett Blvd., Burke. Free. 703-580-8138, or

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

Wednesday, Nov. 6

Annandale NARFE meeting, David Snell, a NARFE benefits specialist, discusses changes to the Federal Health Benefits Program and the impact of the Affordable Health Care Act, at a meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Chapter 1159. 10 a.m., Mason District Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free. 703-425-3361.

Medicare open season workshop, information on Medicare offered by Fairfax County. 11 a.m., Herndon Senior Center, 873 Grace St., Herndon. Free.

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. Free. 571-334-6507 or

Vienna Photographic Society meeting, Dan Rosenberger will discuss light painting, a special type of night photography. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Thoreau Middle School, 2505 Cedar Lane, Vienna. Free. 703-255-2452, or

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

— Compiled by Jean Mack


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