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Prince William County community calendar, Dec. 1 to 7, 2013

Sunday, Dec. 1

“Operation Urgent Fury: Invasion of Grenada,” photographs and artifacts chronicling the invasion of Grenada. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle. Free. 877-635-1775.

“Weaving Copper and Sable,” copper works by Anne Jordan of Fairfax and watercolors by Jack Dyer of Springfield. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Monday, Artists’ Undertaking, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-494-0584.

“Occoquan and Beyond,” Kathleen Best Gillmann’s exhibit features local and regional scenes. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-490-1117.

“Capital Correspondent” Mark Twain,a discussion of John Muller’s book “Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent.” 2 p.m., Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. Free. 703-368-1873.

Bingo, proceeds support local veterans. 2 p.m. Sundays, 7:15 p.m. Mondays, Woodbridge American Legion, 3640 Friendly Post Lane, Woodbridge. $10 minimum. 703-494-4304.

“A Chanticleer Christmas,” the male chorus performs music that spans centuries and genres, such as ancient hymns, spirituals and contemporary music. 4 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. $34-$50. 703-993-7759.

Monday, Dec. 2

Frederick Markham exhibit, landscapes in oil and graphite. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 1-5 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 12, Center for the Arts, Caton Merchant Family Art Gallery, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. Free. 703-330-2787 or

Lake Jackson Mid-County Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Great American Steak and Buffet, 8365 Sudley Rd., Manassas. 703-369-6791.

Blithe Spirit” auditions, for the Noel Coward comedy, performed by Prince William Little Theatre. Auditions include a cold reading from the script. 7-9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759.

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Art history discussion, art historian Cynthia Fischer discusses James McNeill Whistler’s Peacock Room. 4 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, 6901 Sudley Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-530-2820.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

“Art of the Season,” 16 artists exhibit watercolors, etchings, photography, digital painting, ribbon embroidery, fused glass, copper work, turned wood, pottery, eggshell carvings, jewelry and acrylic and oil paintings. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Jan. 6, Artists’ Undertaking, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-494-0584.

Ceramic sculpture exhibit, works by Jessica Gardner of Manassas. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through Jan. 31, Northern Virginia Community College, 6901 Sudley Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-257-6657.

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, including discussion of the job search process. 6-7:30 p.m., House of Mercy, 8170 Flannery Ct., Manassas. 703-659-1636.

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.

Thursday, Dec. 5

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

Habitat For Humanity home ownership information meeting, learn how families are selected for the program and how to apply. 7 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 9750 Wellington Rd., Manassas. Registration required. 703-369-6708.

Friday, Dec. 6

Holiday craft show, sponsored by the Dale City Civic Association. With vendors, Christmas trees and Santa Claus. Noon-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Hylton Boys and Girls Club, 5070 Dale Blvd., Dale City. $2; children, $1. 571-723-2493 or

Manassas tree lighting, Santa arrives by VRE train. With carols and live music, hayrides and museum open house. 5:30-8 p.m., Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St. Free. 703-368-1873 or

Celebration Singers, “Tis the Season — Songs of Christmas” holiday concert. Nonperishable food donations will be collected for the ACTS food pantry. 7:30 p.m., Epiphany Lutheran Church, 13495 Keystone Rd., Dale City. Free. 703-583-4422 or

“Christmas in Ireland: An Nollaig in Éirinn,” named after a goddess in Celtic mythology, the Irish group Danú will perform traditional Celtic Christmas music and more. 8 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. $34-$50; half-price for youths through grade 12. 703-993-7759.

George Mason University’s School of Music and Theater performance, students from Advanced Movement for Actors perform “A Commedia Prelude,” followed by Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Hylton Performing Arts Center, Gregory Family Theater, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. $20; seniors and students, $15; grades K-8, $5. 703-993-7759.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Holiday craft show, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Lake Ridge Fellowship House, 12800 Harbor Dr., Lake Ridge. 703-494-4097.

Greater Manassas Christmas Parade, a procession of floats, marching bands, animated characters and Santa Claus travel down Mathis Avenue and into Old Town. 10 a.m., Old Town Manassas. 703-369-9030 or

Trains of the RF&P, train-themed stories and crafts and a holiday toy drive for Trevor’s Treasures, a charity that gives to children with cancer. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge. Free with a donation of a toy that can be sterilized. 703-583-6904.

A Visit From Santa, make historic holiday decorations and visit with Santa. 1-7 p.m., Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow. Free; photos with Santa, $5-$10. 703-792-5618.

Delta Sigma Theta Red Carpet Showcase, the annual arts and letters program will feature two children’s authors, an inspirational writer, a military fiction novelist, a poet and a comic book designer. 2-5 p.m., Cougar Elementary School, 9330 Brandon St, Manassas Park.

“The Nutcracker,” the Northern Virginia Youth Ballet presents the classic Christmas ballet. 5 p.m., Osbourn Park High School, 8909 Euclid Ave., Manassas. $25; seniors and children, $20. 703-368-2268 or

A Rippon Lodge Christmas, candlelight tours and visits with Santa. 5-8 p.m., Rippon Lodge, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge. $10, reservations required for tour. 703-499-9812.

Manassas Chorale concert, holiday concert. 5 and 8 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. $18-$20. 703-993-7759.

Fair Trade Global Bazaar, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 18825 Fuller Heights Rd., Triangle. 703-221-4044.

Angela Knight concert, a soprano with the Washington National Opera, Knight performs “A Christmas Spectacular.” 7 p.m., Battlefield High School, 15000 Graduation Dr., Haymarket. $15; seniors, $13; and children 9 and younger, $10. 703-795-2508 or

New Dominion Choraliers, “Christmas Joys” concert. 7:30 p.m., Forest Park High School, 15721 Forest Park Dr., Woodbridge. $15; seniors, students and military, $10; children 5-13, $5; children 4 and younger, free. 703-590-2147 or

Prince William Community Band concert, “Sounds of the Season” holiday concert. 7:30 p.m., Gar-Field High School, 14000 Smoketown Rd., Woodbridge. Free. 703-791-4119.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane


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