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Prince William County community calendar, April 28 to May 4, 2013

Sunday, April 28

“Cool Copper — Hot Diana,” copper work by Anne Jordan of Fairfax and paintings by Roger Frey of Woodbridge. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through May 6, Artists’ Undertaking, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-494-0584.

“How Culture Cues Connections,” metallic archival photographs by Deborah Herndon. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through April 28, Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-490-1117.

Dale City farmers market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Dale City Commuter Lot, behind Center Plaza Shopping Center, Dale Boulevard. 703-670-7112, Ext. 227,

Spring garden tour, the Prince William Wildflower Society sponsors a tour of three gardens using native plants. Thompson garden, 4781 Wellesley Dr., Woodbridge; Chiarito garden, 2452 Hingham Ct., Woodbridge; and Blacksmith garden, 15515 Country Club Dr., Montclair. Noon-5 p.m. Free. 703-368-2898 or

Muslim Journeys book discussion group, Daoud Nassimi, a professor of Islam and Koran studies at Northern Virginia Community College leads a discussion of “Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction” by Jonathan A.C. Brown. 2 p.m., Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. 703-792-4800.

Seussical,” the musical production, based on characters in the children’s books by Dr. Seuss, is performed by the Center for the Arts’ Pied Piper Theatre. 4 p.m., Gar-Field High School, 14000 Smoketown Rd., Woodbridge. $12; children 12 and younger, $10. 703-330-2787 or

Monday, April 29

Brit Lit book club, a discussion of “The Lace Makers of Glenmara” by Heather Barbieri. 1 p.m., Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. 703-792-4800.

Poetry slam and read-in, participants read original or published poetry in honor of Poetry Month. 6 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, 6901 Sudley Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-323-3000 or

Prince William Community Band, rehearsal, for musicians 19 and older, no auditions necessary. 7:30 p.m., Saunders Middle School, 13557 Spriggs Rd., Manassas. 703-791-4119 or

Woodbridge Community Choir, members rehearse for their spring concert season. No auditions required. 7:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Covenant, 15008 Cloverdale Ave., Dale City. $30 membership fee. 703-491-1820 or

Tuesday, April 30

Online safety talk, Manassas police and school officials discuss the dangers of social media. 7 p.m., Osbourn High School, 9005 Tudor Lane. Free. 703-257-8064 or

Prince William Chorale, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, New Hope Christian Church, 8310 Plantation Lane, Manassas. 703-732-0128 or

NOVA Novel book club, a discussion of “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. 703-792-4800.

Wednesday, May 1

Roadside advertising information session, the Department of Public Works Neighborhood Services Division will discuss legal placement of roadside signs in the county. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Prince William County Government Center, Development Services Building, 5 County Complex Ct., Woodbridge. Free, registration required. 703-792-7018, or

“Bye Bye Birdie” auditions, actors will perform a short dance routine and be prepared to sing a 2-3 minute song not from the show. The Prince William Little Theatre production runs July 19-28. Adults audition 7-10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday. Teens audition noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Grace United Methodist Church, 9750 Wellington Rd., Manassas. 703-330-7796 or

English Conversation Club, new speakers of English practice their skills. 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. 703-792-4800.

Job search network group, in addition to networking, weekly meetings will cover various topics related to the job-search process. 6-7:30 p.m., House of Mercy, 8170 Flannery Ct., Manassas. 703-659-1636.

Homeownership workshop, Virginia Cooperative Extension presents “Am I Ready to Buy a House?” 7 p.m., Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge. Free. 703-792-6287.

Lake Ridge Toastmasters Club, an open house for Lake Ridge Club 8913. 7:30 p.m., Tall Oaks Community Center, 12298 Cotton Mill Dr. $62 membership fee. 703-491-3020.

Haunted Occoquan walking tour,paranormal investigator Kay Pietrewicz leads tours through the town. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, Occoquan Visitors Center, 200 Mill St. $12; children 6-12, $6; children 5 and younger, free. 571-572-9410 or

Thursday, May 2

Manassas farmers market,7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Loy E. Harris Pavilion, 9201 Center St. 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Parking Lot B, West Street (next to the train station visitors center). 703-361-6599 or

“Dare to Dance,” an exhibit of art quilts curated by Mary Kerr, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 1-5 p.m. Saturdays, through June 13, Center for the Arts, Caton Merchant Family Art Gallery, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. Free. 703-330-2787 or

Spanish chat, bring lunch and practice speaking Spanish. Noon-2 p.m., Central Community Library, 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas. 703-361-8211.

Book Signing, featuring seven authors, most of whom have written culinary mysteries. 4-7 p.m., Salt & Pepper Books, 125 Mill St. No. 6, Occoquan. Free. 703-491-4411.

Man of La Mancha,” Castaways Repertory Theatre presents the play based on the novel “Don Quixote.” 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr., Woodbridge. $16; seniors, students, military and county employees, $12; children 12 and younger, $8. 703-232-1710 or

Friday, May 3

Lunch and Learn about Retirement Living, a lunch and tour of the retirement community. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Westminster at Lake Ridge, 12191 Clipper Dr., Lake Ridge. 703-496-3440.

Spring gallery walk, businesses and shops host artist receptions and live music. 6-9:30 p.m., Old Town Manassas, Center Street, Manassas. Free. 703-361-6599 or

Saturday, May 4

Occoquan farmers market, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Mill Street parking lot, next to Route 123 bridge, Occoquan. 703-491-1918.

Bicycle tour, bring your bike for a tour of Civil War forts, cemeteries, markers and natural features. 9-11 a.m., Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. $4.50. 703-368-1873.

Historic Preservation talk and tour, preservationists explain what makes a building worth saving and why it’s important. Participants will be able to go inside the jail, which is undergoing restoration. 1-3 p.m., Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow. $15. 703-365-7895.

Local author fair, meet authors and discuss their books. 2 p.m., Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas. 703-792-4530.

Bull Run Rotary Club Monte Carlo Night, casino games, silent and live auctions and door prizes to benefit local charities including BARN, Habitat for Humanity, Matthew’s Center and the American Red Cross. 6:30-11:30 p.m., Virginia Portuguese Community Center, 9509 Lee Ave. West, Manassas. $50. 703-926-6878 or

Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, 8 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. $38, $46, $54. 703-993-7759.

Woodbridge Community Choir, the spring concert’s theme of “Look to the Rainbow” features songs from movies and Broadway. 8 p.m., Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-491-1820 or

— Compiled by Sarah Lane


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