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Fairfax County community calendar, Sept. 20 to 27, 2012

Thursday, Sept. 20

Wagon ride to “Poohsticks Bridge,” for children with an adult, ride through woods to the bridge, listen to a “Winnie-the-Pooh” story and play Poosticks on the bridge. 10-11 a.m., Riverbend Park, 8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls. $5, registration required. 703-759-9018.

Gardens in the D.C. area, Barbara Glickman discusses her book “Capital Splendor: Parks and Gardens of Washington, D.C.,” sponsored by the Garden Club of Waynewood. 10:45 a.m., Plymouth Haven Baptist Church, 8523 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-4245.

Senior center tea program, learn about teas and taste them. Teas provided by John Harney, founder of Harney & Sons Fine Teas. Each session is different. 1 p.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 4, Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Fort Hunt area. Free, reservations required. 703-765-4573.

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.

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.

Vietnam veterans meeting, Carolyn Fix, a World War II Women’s Army Corps veteran, discusses her military service. 7:30 p.m., Neighbor’s Restaurant, 262-D Cedar Lane, Vienna. 703-255-0353 or

Friday, Sept. 21

Mount Vernon Swing Band concert, dance to music conducted by Owen Hammett, with refreshments provided by Arden Courts Memory Care Community. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Fort Hunt area. $4. 703-765-4573.

“Suite Surrender” comedy, about two Hollywood divas who vie for the same hotel suite. 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 14, 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Rd., McLean. $25; students, $15. 703-854-1856.

Saturday, Sept. 22

Falls Church public utilities open house, for children and adults, demonstrations of equipment, information booths, refreshments, door prizes and display of the city’s biodiesel and “green” fleet. Visitors can check out the new Filterra system, which has a tree growing from a storm drain and cisterns that collect rainwater from roofs. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Falls Church Property Yard, 7100 Gordon Rd. Free. 703-248-5081 or

Brain Aneurysm Race for Awareness 8K, and a 2K fun walk, to benefit the Brain Aneurysm Foundation and Washington Regional Transplant Community. Run on streets in Reston. 9 a.m., South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Dr., Reston. $40; 2K, $20. 703-742-0582 or

Mount Vernon colonial market, fair, more than 40 juried artisans demonstrate their trades and sell their wares; 18th-century entertainment on two stages; Potomac River sightseeing cruises; and costumed interpreters demonstrate the 18th-century chocolate-making process using a colonial recipe. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., south of Alexandria. $15; ages 6-11, $7; 5 and younger, free. 703-780-2000.

Green Spring garden day, more than 25 plant and craft vendors, family activities and a silent auction. Proceeds to help fund plants for the garden and support Green Spring’s educational efforts. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. 703-642-5173.

Safe Assured ID Kits for Children, have a Safe Assured ID Kit made for your child, including 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. 703-385-7966 or

Walking tour of Old Town Fairfax, a docent guided tour of Fairfax’s National Register Historic District, including stops at several antebellum buildings and a guided tour of the 1812 Ratcliffe-Allison House and a new costume exhibit. 11 a.m., Ratcliffe-Allison House, 10386 Main St., Fairfax City. $5. 703-385-8414.

Historic Ratcliffe house tours, tour the historic house and see an exhibit featuring period clothing and accessories from 1812 through 1955, including early-19th-century tradesman attire, an 1840 men’s wedding suit, a 1916 wedding dress, late-19th-century children’s clothes and a 1920s mourning dress. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through October, Ratcliffe-Allison House, 10386 Main St., Fairfax City. Free. 703-385-8414.

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

Irish folk festival, music and dance; featuring Donegal fiddlers Peter Campbell and Caoimhin MacAoidh, Peadar O’Riada and Sean O’Se; plus step-dancer Shannon Dunne. Co-sponsored by the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann O’Neill-Malcom Branch. Noon-7 p.m., Auld Shebeen Irish Pub, 3971 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax, and Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Hwy. Free. 703-919-1031 or

American Legion Post meet and greet, learn about Boys State, Girls State, youth baseball and scholarships; refreshments include hot dogs and soft drinks, and a disc jockey will provide entertainment. Noon-3 p.m., American Legion Post 180, 330 Center St. N., Vienna. Free. 703-938-9535.

Rose show, rose growers and admirers compete in exhibits, arrangements and photography. 1-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Merrifield Garden Center Fair Oaks, 12101 Lee Hwy., Fairfax. 703-371-9351, or

International Observe the Moon Night, for age 4 and older, look at the moon through a telescope, see ancient lava flows, listen to stories around a campfire and take a moonlit hike. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Riverbend Park, 8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls. $6, reservations required. 703-759-9018.

Night hike and campfire, for age 5 and older, look for and listen to wildlife in the park, then sit around a campfire, meet a barred owl and have s’mores. Bring a flashlight and a blanket. 7-8:30 p.m., Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly. $6, reservations required. 703-631-0013.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra concert, music by Adams, Bernstein, Gershwin and Zwilich; with pianist Jeffrey Biegel. 8 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $25-$55. 703-993-8888 or

Sunday, Sept. 23

Folk concert, featuring singer-songwriters Cary Cooper and Brad Yoder with Natalie York. Sponsored by Focus folk music organization. 7 p.m., Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $18; in advance, $15. 703-501-6061 or

Super H 5K Run, Walk and Wheel, outdoors near Tysons Corner Mall, for runners, walkers and those in wheelchairs, sponsored by MedStar National Rehabilitation Network to benefit its sport programs for those with disabilities. Registration, 7 a.m.; race, 8 a.m., Tysons Sport and Health Club, 8250 Greensboro Dr., McLean. $25. 202-877-1773.

Birding for beginners, for age 12 and older, learn about birds and try different optical devices as a park naturalist helps you sharpen your bird identification skills. 8-11 a.m., Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Hybla Valley area. $6, reservations required. 703-768-2525.

Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society concert, Argentine bandoneon player Emmanuel Trifilio accompanied by guitarist Ramon Gonzalez; with refreshments. 4 p.m., Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church, 3435 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Falls Church. $8; members, free. 703-919-5701 or

“Spellbinding Bach,” 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 and $38; 12th-graders and younger visitors, half-price when accompanied by an adult. Tickets, 888-945-2468; information, 703-993-8888 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, Sept. 24

Feeding animals at a park, help a park naturalist search for worms and assist in feeding animals, then make a birdfeeder to take home. 3-4 p.m., Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly. $5, registration required. 703-631-0013.

Wednesday, Sept. 26

Fall for the Book festival, five days of celebrating literature, with talks and readings by authors appearing at George Mason University and other sites throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland and the District. Check the Web site for details. Sept. 26-30, Free. 703-993-3986 or

Foster parent information session, orientation session for prospective foster parents. Agency representatives will answer questions and explain the requirements to foster or adopt children. 6-7 p.m., UMFS, 5400 Shawnee Rd., Suite 101, Alexandria area. Free, registration required. 703-941-9008 or

Carolina shag dance, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Shag Club, no partner necessary. Beginner dance lesson, 7:30 p.m.; open dancing, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge, 8421 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax. $4; dancers 17 and younger accompanied by an adult, free. 703-273-2876 or

Thursday, Sept. 27

Burke used book sale, 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.

Annandale used book sale, rare and unusual books, children’s books, comic books, books in many languages, popular fiction, CDs, movies on DVD and VHS and recorded books for sale. 5-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Tpk., Annandale. 703-256-3800.

— Compiled by Jean Mack


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