Entertainment Calendar: Burke, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Springfield
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Entertainment Calendar: Burke, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Springfield

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Ongoing

Shir HaLev, the Community Jewish Chorale of Northern Virginia. Rehearsals are held select Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. at Congregation Olam Tikvah, 3800 Glenbrook Road, Fairfax. The Chorale is a friendly, welcoming, adult volunteer choir. Membership in the group is open to all, members of Congregation Olam Tikvah and other Northern Virginians. Their repertoire consists mainly of Jewish liturgical music and also some contemporary Jewish music and some secular showtunes, too. Visit carolboydleon.com/shir_halev for more.

Springfield Farmers Market. Saturdays, through Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Springfield Town Center, 6699 Spring Mall Drive, Springfield. Vendors include Cascade Beverage, Celestial/Fossil Farms, Chilanga Tortilla, Conecopia, Greenwich Farms, Iganacio's Produce, Kingdom Gourmet, Lola's Kusina, Lund's Produce, Smiths Mecklenburg, Taste Old Country, Three Puppies,Tyson Farm, and Windmill Meadows. Visit www.community-foodworks.org or call 202-697-7768.

Sweet but Psycho. Through Nov. 30, at Olly Olly, 10417 Main St., 2nd Floor, Fairfax. Olly Olly presents Sweet but Psycho: an avant-garde fairytale. Strangeland is a performance duo, made up of Bunni (Andiland) and Goatface (Strange Lens), that explores the superficial construct of reality. Call 703-789-6144 or visit ollyollyart.com for more.

Braddock Wrestling Club. Online registration through Dec. 1. The Braddock Wrestling Club is holding registration for the 2019-2020 season. The club supports wrestling for age groups 5 through 14 years old, boys and girls. All practices are held at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Cost is $155 per wrestler. Link to registration can be found at braddockwrestlingclub.shutterfly.com/. Or contact William Flynn at bflynniv@verizon.net or call 571-230-0713.

Burke Farmers Market. Through Dec. 21, 8 a.m.-noon at the VRE parking lot, 5671 Roberts Parkway, Burke. A great selection of fresh produce, baked goods, seafood, and dairy. All vendors make their own food or grow it locally within 125 miles. Call 703-642-0128 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/farmersmarkets/burke for more.

Registration Open: Fall Art Classes. Burke Centre Conservancy is sponsoring Fall Art Classes starting Tuesday, Nov. 12 – Jan. 7 and Saturday classes starting Jan. 11 - March in Drawing and Watercolor Painting for 5-8-year old, 8 years and up and Adults/Teens held at the Woods Community Centre, 10100 Wards Grove Circle, Burke. New Class – Art Workshop for Adults Tuesday Afternoons - Nov. 12 - Dec. 17.

Give the Gift of Original Art. Now thru Jan. 5. At Torpedo Factory Artists at Mosaic, 2905 District Ave., #105, Fairfax. Open Wednesday thru Sunday 11 – 7 p.m. Reception celebrating small businesses, Nov. 30, 5 to 8 p.m. You can find extraordinary fine art that makes great gifts this holiday season -- the work of highly-acclaimed Torpedo Factory Artists -- at their satellite space in Merrifield. Beautiful paintings, fine-art photographs, one-of-a- kind jewelry, scarves, ceramics and much more will be offered. Plus you can get an early start on your holiday shopping. Artists Sonne Hernandez and Greg Knott are in residence during this show.

PJ Party + Santa’s Arrival. At Springfield Town Center, Springfield. Welcome Santa with a Pajama Party. Get in the holiday spirit with caroling, hot coco and watch as Santa arrives in style with Fairfax police and fire. Santa’s visiting hours will be as follows: Now through Dec. 13; Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Dec. 14 thru Dec. 23; Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Christmas Eve: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holidays and Christmas

Thursday/Nov. 21

Christmas Mart. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At Pohick Episcopal Church 9301 Richmond Hwy., Lorton. The Parish House and the Vestry House will be transformed into a festive Christmas atmosphere with rooms filled with Attic Treasures, a Consignment Shop, fresh baked goods, homemade candy and apple butter, and frozen casseroles made by the women of Pohick Church. Booths will feature the work of artisans showcasing handmade jewelry, stained glass, Christmas decorations and many other crafts. Colonial-attired ladies will serve luncheon at three sittings — 11 a.m., 12 noon and 1 p.m. — the cost is $13. The Docent Guild will be leading tours of the historic colonial church and the Golden Dove Gift Shop will be open. Admission to the Christmas Mart is free. Visit the website at www.pohick.org or call 703-339-6572.

Event in Reston

Friday/Nov. 29

Reston Holiday Parade. 10 a.m. At Reston Town Center, Reston. The 29th annual Reston Holiday Parade – one of USA Today’s 10 Best – plus tree lighting, sing-along, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more all day. Rain or shine. Schedule: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Visits and photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus;

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Mini-train rides on Market Street;

5 p.m.: Dance Performance at Fountain Square;

6– 6:30 p.m.: Tree Lighting & Sing Along;

6:30– 10 p.m.: Horse-drawn Carriage Rides. Visit www.restontowncenter.com/holidays.

Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2019

”The Nutcracker.” Nov. 30, 4 pm, and Dec. 1, 2:30 pm. At W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax. The Fairfax Ballet Company members, along with students from the Russell School of Ballet and professional guest artists, take the audience on a magical journey through a festive party, an epic battle scene, a winter wonderland of sparkling snowflakes, and a Land of Sweets that includes a delicate Sugar Plum Fairy, a dashing Cavalier, graceful Mirlitons, and waltzing flowers. Fairfax Ballet Senior company member Nicole Shortle, a sophomore at Oakton High School, dances the role of Clara. Carlos Martinez, a sophomore in George Mason University’s dance program, portrays the Nutcracker Prince. Professional guest artists, Cody Beaton and Mate Szentes from the Richmond Ballet, dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. Philip Smith-Cobbs dances the roles of the Mouse King, Mechanical Doll, and Arabian Coffee. Tickets are available for purchase at http://fairfaxnutcracker2019.bpt.me Tickets will also be available at the door beginning one hour before each show. Group discounts are available for qualifying organizations with 10 or more guests. Email events@fairfaxballet.com or call 703-665-9427.

Saturday/Nov. 30

Build a Holiday Gingerbread House. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. At Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Enjoy a family tradition of making your own gingerbread house. The first seating will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the second seating will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each seating has a limited number of houses available. The price for each house is $40 ($35 for museum members). Local guest pastry chefs Laurent Lhuillier and Sergio Mueller will be on hand with volunteers to help you with your one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Reservations and advanced payment will guarantee a place. Indicate the number of people in your party when making your reservations. You may have one or more family members or friends help you with your house. You may also purchase additional houses at the same price if you wish to have more than one. Reservations may be made at the museum's online Square store. https://squareup.com/store/fairfax-station-railroad-museum. Visit www.fairfax-station.org, or call 703-425-9225.

Nov. 30-Dec. 20

Fairfax City Elf Hunt. 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Takes place Fairfax City-wide, start point: Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Locate 10 elves in Fairfax City businesses, get a stamp from each business confirming that you found the elf; share the Fairfax City Elf Hunt card with us at economicdevelopment@fairfaxva.gov. Once you have submitted your Fairfax City Elf Hunt card, you will receive a Fairfax City car magnet and have your name entered into a drawing for a $250 cash prize. Completed cards must be received by Dec. 16 to be eligible. Free to participate; patrons are encouraged to purchase items when they visit businesses. Visit the website: https://fairfaxcityconnected.com/2019/10/08/elfhunt/#prettyPhoto

Sunday/Dec. 1

Messiah Sing Along. 3 p.m. At Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 10723 Main Street, Fairfax. All are welcome. Bring a score, or borrow one here, and join in the Messiah Sing Along...or simply come and enjoy the music. Free. Visit the website: fairfaxpresbyterian.org

Dec. 6-7

Norwegian Christmas Festival. Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At Christ Lutheran Church, 3810 Meredith Drive, Fairfax. Free Admission. Live music, dancing, fjord horses on Saturday. Food and craft demonstrations. Imported foods (nokkelost), fresh lefse and krumkake made onsite, Nordic Cafe, huge gift selection including books, linens, authentic Scandinavian sweaters. Free. Visit the website website: www.norwaydc.org.

Saturday/Dec. 7

Christmastide at Gunston Hall. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. At George Mason’s Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton. Celebrate a holiday tradition at Gunston Hall! Daytime activities include children’s crafts, a visit from Santa, games, and even an indoor snowball fight. The evening hours provide a romantic holiday experience by candlelight as guests are invited to sample period food in the kitchen, explore the grounds, enjoy 18th century music, and chat with characters from the past. Cost: $15 adults, $10 children (ages 6 – 18), and members receive a 50% discount. Visit the website: https://gunstonhall.org/event/christmastide-at-gunston-hall/

Christmas Party. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. At Twins Ace Hardware, 10310-B Main Street, Fairfax. Fun-filled activities include: Live grill demo from celebrity Ace grilling chef Jason K Morse of 5280 Culinary; BBQ Provisions & Team Traeger Grills; free goodie bags to the first 150 people at 11 a.m.; delicious apps and deserts; special appearance from children's author Lindsay Barry; photos with Santa; letters to Santa activity; decorating ideas; giveaways, demos and more. Visit the website: www.twinsacehardware.com.

Dec. 7-8

”The Nutcracker.” Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. At Centreville High School, 6001 Union Mill Road, Clifton. Mia Saunders School of Ballet presents “The Nutcracker.” The 2019 production of “The Nutcracker” marks the first for new MSB

Artistic Director Hannah Woodruff, an alumna of MSB and 2017 graduate of University of Virginia. Proceeds for this annual giving tradition will benefit CVHS Drama Scholarships and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Enjoy this holiday classic with your family and support local dancers and CVHS students. Tickets are $12, (cash or checks payable to CVHS Drama Boosters only) and are available at the door. Visit the website: http://miasaundersballet.com/

Dec. 7-8, Dec. 14-15

Winter Wonderland. Noon to 5 p.m. At Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station. At Winter Wonderland, you can hop a train ride on the Holiday Express, take unlimited spins on the Carolers Carousel, play Gingerbread Man Golf or cook s’mores by the fire. Visit with Santa and enjoy hot chocolate or cider and candy canes. Five-hour passes are $15 in advance and $20 on the event day. The park will also be accepting new toys or canned food items for donation. In the evenings, enjoy a magical train ride through a forest decorated with holiday-themed lights and scenes. Celebration Station runs the same weekends as Winter Wonderland, but will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Celebration Station ticket are $10 each; trains depart every 20 minutes. Ticket holders receive one train ride, unlimited carousel rides and one cocoa or cider drink. Visit the website: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/burke-lake.

Sunday/Dec. 8

”Little Drummer Dude.” 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At Jubilee Christian Center, 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. A children's musical, “Little Drummer Dude” takes place during the time Jesus was born and we see the story through the eyes of the wise men, a traveling band and a little drummer dude. Free. Visit the website: jccag.org.

Dec. 13-22

ETAP’s “Finding Santa.” 12 show times over 2 weekends, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7:30 p.m., 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. At Richard J. Ernst Theatre, Annandale NOVA Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Encore Theatrical Arts Project presents a new holiday musical, “Finding Santa.” Cost is $19-$26.This song and dance musical features over 30 performers, creative choreography, elaborate sets, over 165 costumes, and over 16 musical numbers. Come see all the glamour of a Broadway-style show right here in Northern Virginia. Appropriate for audiences of all ages Visit the website: www.Encore-tap.org

Dec. 14-15

Bethlehem Walk. 3-7 p.m. At Parkwood Baptist Church, 8726 Braddock Road, Annandale. Get in the Christmas spirit walking through the narrow streets of Bethlehem. Haggle with shop owners, sidestep tax collectors, avoid the Roman centurions on your way to the manger scene. Hundreds of families make the trek each year to a replica of the holy city, raised by Parkwood Baptist Church. Features re-enactors, live music, children’s crafts, games. Live nativity scene. Free. Ample parking. Reserve advance tickets at www.parkwood.org. For details call 703-978-8160.

Events in Alexandria

Friday/Nov. 29

Black Friday Alexandria. Held in Old Town Alexandria and Del Ray. Alexandria’s alternative Black Friday experience features more than 40 independent boutiques kicking off the holiday shopping season with one-of-a-kind deals on designer and coveted merchandise, including home décor, chic fashions, gourmet food, classic toys and gifts for dogs. Store offers vary, with special discounts throughout the day and more than 10 boutiques opening by 7 a.m., including fibre space, Pacers, The Shoe Hive, Red Barn Mercantile and Bloomers. Visit the website: visitalexandriva.com/blackfriday or visit www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/holidays.

Friday-Saturday/Dec. 6-7

The Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend. At various Old Town Alexandria locations. The Campagna Center presents the 49th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and Parade. The parade is Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. and begins at St. Asaph and Wolfe Streets and concludes at Market Square with a massed band concert. Admission: Free for parade and Heather and Greens Sales; $180-$290 for Taste of Scotland; $40 for Holiday Home Tours. In 1749, the City of Alexandria was officially established by three Scottish merchants and named after its original founder, John Alexander, also of Scottish descent. Through your support of the events of The Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, you provide vital support to Campagna Center programs that serve more than 2,000 children, teens, and adults throughout the year. Visit the website: https://www.campagnacenter.org/scottishwalkweekend

Saturday/Dec. 7

Boat Parade of Lights. Parade begins at 5:30 p.m.; Dockside festivities 2 to 8 p.m. At Waterfront Park, 1 King Street, Alexandria. Parade viewing areas: Founders Park (351 N. Union St.), Alexandria City Marina (0 Cameron St.), Waterfront Park (1 King St. and 1A Prince St.), Point Lumley Park (1 Duke St.), Shipyard/Harborside Park (1 Wilkes St.), Windmill Hill Park (501 S. Union St.) and Ford’s Landing Park (99 Franklin St.). Admission: Free; $ for food/drink and some activities. VisitAlexandriaVA.com/boatparade

Schedule in Old Town (2 to 8 p.m.)

Holiday music and giveaways from 97.1 WASH-FM

Letters to Santa postcard station from Penny Post

Holiday ornament activity from AR Workshop Alexandria (2 to 4 p.m.)

Bookmark making station from Old Town Books (4:30 to 8 p.m.)

Torpedo Factory Art Center Holiday Festival

Santa arrives by fireboat at the Alexandria City Marina (3:30 p.m.)

Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights begins (5:30 p.m.)

Tuesday/Dec. 31

First Night Alexandria. 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. At venues throughout Old Town Alexandria. This 25th Anniversary Celebration is the largest New Year’s Eve party in the D.C. region that is safe and fun for the entire family and culminates with a fantastic fireworks finale over the Potomac River at midnight. Kids Karnivals: 6 to 9 p.m. at four warm indoor venues in Old Town, Del Ray and the West End. Live Entertainment: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at warm indoor venues throughout Old Town Alexandria. Rockin’ on the River: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Waterfront Park, 1 King St., Alexandria. Midnight fireworks: Potomac River at the foot of King St., Alexandria. All Access Admission: $25 through November 30, 2019; $30 December 1-30, 2019; $35 December 31, 2019; Kids Karnival is $5 for children ages 2-12 and free for parents and infants. Call 703-963-3755 or visit firstnightalexandria.org.

Calendar

Thursday/Nov. 21

Lunch ‘N’ Life. 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. At Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 8922 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Luncheon Speaker, Author Rebecca Boggs Roberts will discuss "Suffragists in Washington, D.C." Sponsored by the Shepherd's Center of Fairfax-Burke. Call Bea Stephenson for reservations by Nov. 15 at 703-273-5730. Cost is $10. Visit the website: www.scfbva.org

Thanksgiving Dinner. 6:30-8 p.m. At Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax. Sponsored by the American Turkish Friendship Association, join in an early Thanksgiving Dinner to celebrate our diversity and offer our thanks together for all the blessings we have — with friends from different faiths and cultures. Register online at bit.ly/thanks-2019.

Nov. 21-23

Citrus Fruit Sale. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. At 3251 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax at the intersection of Old Lee Highway and Old Pickett Road. Fresh Florida fruit; Navel Oranges, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Sol Zest Mandarins, Maple Syrup, VA peanuts. Sign-up for discount coupons: https://www.fairfaxlions.org/citrus-sale-notification/ Fruit is excellent this year. Sponsored by the Fairfax Lions Club. Visit the website: https://www.fairfaxlions.org/

Friday/Nov. 22
RIBBERBANDance Group. 8 p.m. At George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. RUBBERBANDance creates a bridge between the grace and structure of classical ballet and the raw, improvisational moves of hip-hop. Montreal’s innovative company is stretching the limits of contemporary dance to create a fresh, new aesthetic. Their latest work, Vic’s Mix, showcases highlights of company founder Victor Quijada’s creations and the evolution of his signature dance technique, dubbed the RUBBERBAND Method, that he developed over a 15-year period of time. Tickets are $48, $41 and $29. Visit www.cfa.gmu.edu.

Saturday/Nov. 23
Aquila Theatre George Orwell’s 1984. 8 p.m. At George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. Aquila Theatre brings one of the great novels of the 20th Century to the stage—George Orwell’s dystopian 1984—in a chilling and timely production. The cautionary tale is set in the super-state Oceania, a totalitarian regime ruled by the “Party” and its leader, “Big Brother,” who employ the “Thought Police” to quell individualism and independent thinking. Obedient rank-and-file Party member Winston Smith secretly hates the repressive regime and dreams of a rebellion against Big Brother. He begins a forbidden relationship with Julia, a fellow employee, and his life sets off in a dangerous direction. Tickets are $44, $37, $26. Visit www.cfa.gmu.edu.

Nov. 23-24

Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show. Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. At Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Northern Virginia Mineral Club's 28th Annual Show. Over 20 dealers with gems, minerals and fossils for sale. Demonstrations, exhibits, door prizes and kid's activities. Cost is adults $6, seniors $4, teens (13-17) $3, children 12 and under free, Scouts in uniform free, GMU students and faculty free. Event is co-sponsored by the Dept. of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences at GMU. Visit the website www.novamineralclub.org.

Sunday/Nov. 24

Holiday Make n’ Take Event. 1-4 p.m. At Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Come join in the fun of creating a holiday-themed craft to take home with you. Admission: Museum members and ages 4 and under, free; ages 5-15, $2; ages 16 and older, $4. Cost of supplies is included with your admission. Visit www.fairfax-station.org, or www.facebook.com/FFXSRR, or call 703-425-9225.

Monday/Nov. 25

Funday Monday. 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Crafts, music, movement, and fun with Mr. Skip, My Gym, Paint Your Own Pottery and a new VIP series featuring community helpers and leaders. Free. Visit www.fairfaxva.gov/government/parks-recreation/cultural-arts or call 703-385-2712.

Jazz Vocal Night. 8-10 p.m. At George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. This concert includes soloists from the Jazz Voice

Studio, Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble, directed by Darden Purcell, and

special guests, Forest Park High School Platinum Vocal Jazz, dir. Lara

Brittain. Cost: $12/$8/$5. Visit the website: http://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/mason-jazz-vocal-night

Thursday/Nov. 28

Turkey Scramble. 10 a.m. At Burke Lake Golf Center, 6915 Ox Road, Fairfax Station. Enjoy pre-game fun before Thanksgiving dinner at Burke Lake Golf Center’s Turkey Scramble. Teams of two, ages 7 and up, compete in an 18-hole scramble format. Prizes are awarded to first, second and third place teams and Closest to the Pin. The scramble is limited to the first 48 teams. Costs are $75 per team which includes lunch, greens fee, and prizes. Fees are due at the time of registration. Call 703-323-1641 to register. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/golf/tournaments.

Saturday/Nov. 30

Lorton Turkey Trot. 7:45 to 10:30 a.m. At Liberty Green, 9380 Quadrangle Street, Lorton. Join the fun Saturday after Thanksgiving to run off your turkey dinner at Liberty Lorton’s second annual Turkey Trot 5k and Fun Run. Cost is $30 for 18 and over; $20 for 17 and under. Visit the website: https://thelibertylife.com/liberty-turkey-trot-2019/

Campfires and Stargazing. 7-9 p.m. At Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station. Look to the skies at Burke Lake Park at the “Campfire Saturdays-Stargazing” program. At this event, designed for participants ages 3 to adult, you can enjoy a stroll along the lakeshore while learning about the constellations, their stories and other night-sky features. An astronomical naturalist will identify the stars for you, and you can get an up-close look at them through a telescope. The evening winds down with a campfire and s’mores. Bring some hot dogs to roast, if you like. The cost is $10 per person. Visit the website: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/burke-lake.

A Chanticleer Christmas. 8 p.m. At George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Cost is $55, $47, $33. Unwrap holiday magic as Chanticleer returns to the Center to usher in the season with a festive program of Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, Gospel melodies, and Christmas carols. Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” (The New Yorker) this sublime ensemble of vocalists takes a musical journey through the ages with a level of clarity and virtuosity that is unmatched by others. Visit www.cfa.gmu.edu.

Monday/Dec. 2

Project Digitization: Commemorate a Family Hero. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At City of Fairfax Library, 10360 North Street, Fairfax. Bring your family’s World War I and II documents and photographs to be scanned for a state-wide online collection. Your items will be respectfully handled, carefully scanned and returned to you on the spot. There is ample free parking in the underground garage beneath the library. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/events or call 703-293-6227, ext. 6.

Funday Monday. 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Crafts, music, movement, and fun with Mr. Skip, My Gym, Paint Your Own Pottery and a new VIP series featuring community helpers and leaders. Free. Visit www.fairfaxva.gov/government/parks-recreation/cultural-arts or call 703-385-2712.

Tuesday/Dec. 3

Reconstructing a Historical Place. 7-9 p.m. At Burke Centre Library, 9619 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Historians Heather Bollinger and Jeff Clark discuss how to research what a locality was like in the past and how it evolved over time. Free. Visit the website: www.burkehistoricalsociety.org

Dec. 5-7

Winter Book Sale. Thursday, Dec 5: 3 – 9 p.m.; Friday, Dec 6: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec 7: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. At Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce Street, Springfield. Over 10,000 like new books in all categories both rare and popular most at $2 or less, plus loads of CDs, DVDs and special gift offerings. Over 3,000 children’s books, too. Funds raised will pay for children’s programs and more. Contact Judy Perry at rbfriends@gmail.com.

Saturday/Dec. 7

Kids Fun Run. 8 a.m. to noon. At South County High School, 8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton. Join us in supporting the South County Swim and Dive Team at the Annual Candy Cane Fun Run, for kids age 12 and under, which takes place before the Annual Lorton Holiday Extravaganza. Schedule: 8 a.m packet pick-up, race day signup; 8:20 a.m. Santa arrives; 8:30 a.m. Fun Run begins. The run will be approximately 100 yards (10 and over) and approximately 50 yards (9 and under). Come wearing your best red and white holiday attire. Cost is $10-$15. Visit the website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/candy-cane-kids-fun-run-2019-tickets-75843192029

Bread & Beauty. 12:30-1:30 p.m. At City of Fairfax Library, 10360 North Street, Fairfax. It's a recipe for a better life. Cookbook, travel guide and local history, "Bread and Beauty" shows how our farm heritage can help sustain us in the 21st century. Free. Contact Liz Milner at elizabeth.milner@fairfaxcounty.gov or visit the website: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/events

Singles Dinner & Movie Night. 5 p.m. At Uncle Julios, 5251 Fairfax Corner Ave., Fairfax. Fixed price dinner followed by movie of your choice at Rave Fairfax Corner 14. Cost includes dinner, soda, tip and movie ticket. RSVP required. Cost is $35 at door. Email Carol Randolph at NewBCarol@verizon.net. Sponsored by New Beginnings, a support group for separated/divorced men and women. Call 301-924-4101 or visit www.newbeginningsusa.org.

Cathedral Brass Concert. 6-7 p.m. At Living Savior Lutheran Church, 5500 Ox Road, Fairfax Station. Join in a family friendly, free Christmas concert featuring The Cathedral Brass. All are welcome. Visit the website: www.livingsaviorlutheran.org

Dec. 7-8

Holiday Arts & Crafts Show. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. At Audrey Moore RECenter, 8100 Braddock Road, Annandale. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list this season at the 42nd Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show. Shop for top-quality handmade arts and crafts offered by nearly 100 of the area’s finest artisans at one of Northern Virginia’s longest-running arts and crafts shows. Door prizes will be awarded, too. Admission is $2 per person; children age 12 and under are admitted free.

Holiday Train Show. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 4 p.m. At Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. The 30th annual holiday train show will have a multitude of model trains to include Z, N, HO, LEGO, S, O, Standard, and G scales. Bring your broken locomotive to the "Train Doctor" for the good doctor to fix or advise you of your other options. Stop and admire the antique cars visiting for this event, weather permitting. Visit the gift shop for holiday gift items and Santa may stop by to visit. Cost: adults 16 and over - $5; children 5 to 15 - $2; 4 and under – free; museum members – free. Visit the website: www.fairfax-station.org or call 703-425-9225.

Military Appreciation Weekend. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. At Springfield Town Center, Springfield. The Mall will be expressing appreciation to our dedicated service members and their families with a special Military Weekend. Members and their families will enjoy exclusive deals and discounts from participating stores, free gift wrapping and be entered to win some of the hottest gifts of the season. Service members who purchase $500 or more during their visit will receive a fresh cut Christmas tree from Home Depot.

Monday/Dec. 9

Funday Monday. 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Crafts, music, movement, and fun with Mr. Skip, My Gym, Paint Your Own Pottery and a new VIP series featuring community helpers and leaders. Free. Visit www.fairfaxva.gov/government/parks-recreation/cultural-arts or call 703-385-2712.

Dec. 10

Springfield-Franconia Lions Dinner. 6:30-8:30 p.m. At the Springfield Country Club, 8301 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield. Guests and potential new members free, but are invited to bring a new unwrapped toy to be donated to Echo and Koinonia. For more information or to sign up for dinner please call 703-644-1123. Entertainment will be provided by the West Springfield High School Matadors. Visit the website: www.sfhostlions.org

Sunday/Dec. 15

Victorian Tea. 1-4 p.m. At Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Come celebrate the holidays with a traditional Victorian tea at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. Wonderful teas and sweet treats will be provided while your browse the Civil War and Railroad artifacts and exhibits. No reservations required and the cost of the tea is included in your admission charge. Museum members and ages 4 and under, free; ages 5-15, $2;

ages 16 and older, $4. Visit the website: www.fairfax-station.org

Monday/Dec. 16

Funday Monday. 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Crafts, music, movement, and fun with Mr. Skip, My Gym, Paint Your Own Pottery and a new VIP series featuring community helpers and leaders. Free. Visit www.fairfaxva.gov/government/parks-recreation/cultural-arts or call 703-385-2712.

Ongoing

Second Saturdays. 6-9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9518 Workhouse Road, Lorton. The Second Saturday Art Walk is the perfect time to meet nearly 85 Resident and Associate Artists, creating art in the studios or exhibiting in our galleries. Experience performances of dance, cabaret, comedy, big band, jazz, and theater. Indulge in classes in the art of mixology or cuisines from around the globe. Enjoy art exhibitions in nine galleries of the region’s finest sculpture, painting, glass, ceramics, and fiber art works. Visit www.workhousearts.org/.

Senior Line Dancing. Mondays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m. at Little RIver Glen Senior Center, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax. Line Dancing is a gentle, social form of aerobic activity. Studies have shown it aids in warding off Alzheimer's disease. No previous experience needed. Cost: $5 per 8-week session. Email barbriba@hotmail.com or call 703-524-3739.

Fairfax Pets on Wheels New Volunteer Orientation. An orientation for new volunteers interested in visiting residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities with their approved pets through the Fairfax Pets On Wheels program is held the first Wednesday of every month starting at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.fpow.org for each month’s location. Prior to attending, please complete the online application found at www.fpow.org/volunteer. www.fpow.org, 703-324-5424 or dfspetsonwheels@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Carolina Shag. Wednesdays, 6:30-10 p.m. at Arlington/Fairfax Elks Lodge, 8421 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax. Free lessons at 7:30 p.m. No partners needed. Dinner menu. $8. Under 21 free. nvshag.org.

FUN-Exercise Thursdays, noon-12:50 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church Family Room, 7434 Bath St., Springfield. Inova certified exercise instructor leads a moderate level exercise class with music and current events conversation. Muscle, Balance, Strength Training using stretch bands and weights both standing and seated exercises. Instructor donation is $5. moorefitt@yahoo.com or 703-499-6133.

Exercise Program Mondays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. year-round at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. The exercises are for strength, balance and maintaining limberness. Contact SCFB office at 703-426-2824 for more information.

Cafe Ivrit (Hebrew Cafe). Wednesdays. 8:15-9:15 a.m. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Shalom (hello) Did you always want to converse in Hebrew? Join Na’ama each week for conversational Hebrew. You will learn and practice Hebrew in a fun and interactive way while learning more about Israel. Free, however we ask that you try to attend regularly. RSVP Naama.Gold@jccnv.org.

Smoke Free Bingo. 7 p.m. Every Friday. Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department, 4081 University Drive, Fairfax. Free coffee, entertaining callers, $1,000 jackpot (with breaks for smoking friends). www.fairfaxvd.com. 703-273-3638.

English Conversation Groups weekly at George Mason, Burke Centre, and Lorton Libraries Practice and improve your English. Day and start times vary. Visit: va.evanced.info/fairfaxcounty/lib/eventcalendar.asp

Funday Monday 10:30 a.m., every Monday at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. There will be music, movement, storytelling, performances, crafts, and more. It is open to children of all ages, however especially for those who haven’t yet started school. Programs are free and open to the public, donations are gratefully appreciated. There is ample free parking in the downtown area, and stroller access at the rear of Old Town Hall on Main St. 703-385-7858 www.fairfaxva.gov/culturalarts for more.