“War and Peace” tintypes An exhibit of portraits by Melissa Cacciola depicting men and women from various backgrounds in the armed forces. Through Monday, National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle. 877-635-1775. Free.
Ice skating The outdoor rink is open for the season. Friday-Saturday noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m., Monday-Wednesday 3-8 p.m., Loy E. Harris Pavilion, 9201 Center St., Manassas. 703-361-9800. www.harrispavilion.com. $8, children 10 and younger $7. Skate rental $4.
Gainesville Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” The traditional ballet stars New York City Ballet principal dancers Teresa Reichlen and Ask la Cour; Gainesville Ballet’s professional company dancers; and students of the school. 2 and 7 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.gainesvilleballetcompany.org. $15-$35.
American Legion dinner The public is invited to dinner with a different special each week. Proceeds support local veterans and the community. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Woodbridge American Legion, 3640 Friendly Post Lane, Woodbridge. 703-494-4304. www.vapost364.org. $5-$15.
“Contrast” Pencil, watercolor and chalk works by artist Graciela Congote Keane. Through Sunday. Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. 703-490-1117. Free.
“Enjoying Art” Springfield’s David and Jane Ernst exhibit their digital paintings alongside pottery by Fairfax’s Sherri Johnson. Through Monday. Artists’ Undertaking, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. 703-494-0584. Free.
Northern Virginia Youth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” For the eighth year, the Manassas dance company and its school, the Academy of Russian Ballet, perform with American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky. 2 and 8 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $35; seniors, military and students $25.
“Holiday Treasures: Annual Small Works Show” Miniature works in a variety of mediums are displayed. Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Through Dec. 30. Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. 703-490-1117. Free.
Bird walk The guided tour will include a variety of habitats. Bring binoculars and cameras. 8 a.m. Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area, North Parking Lot, 15020 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville. 703-499-4954. firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
Dale City farmers market The market is open all year. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Dale City commuter lot, (behind Center Plaza Shopping Center), Dale Boulevard. 703-670-7112, Ext. 227. www.pwcparks.org. Free.
The Spotlighters Patriotic and holiday songs performed by the traveling ensemble of the Spotsylvanians Community Chorus. Noon, National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle. 877-635-1775. www.usmcmuseum.org. Free.
Bingo Proceeds support local veterans. On Sundays, doors open at noon; games start at 2 p.m. On Mondays, doors open at 5:15 p.m.; games, 7:15 p.m. Woodbridge American Legion, 3640 Friendly Post Lane, Woodbridge. 703-494-4304. $15 minimum.
“A Chanticleer Christmas” The Grammy-winning all-male a cappella group presents its annual holiday concert. 4 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 888-945-2468. www.hyltoncenter.org. $30-$50, half price for youth through 12th grade.
Job search network group Plus discussion of various topics related to the search process. 1-3 p.m. House of Mercy, 8170 Flannery Ct., Manassas. 703-659-1636. Free.
Lake Jackson/Mid County Lions Club meeting 6:30 p.m. Great American Steak and Buffet, 8365 Sudley Rd., Manassas. 703-369-6791. Free.
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. Free.
Lake Ridge Toastmasters Club An open house for Lake Ridge Club 8913. 7:30 p.m. Tall Oaks Community Center, 12298 Cotton Mill Dr. 703-491-3020. $62 membership fee.
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