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Military Mondays, deals for veterans, active military personnel and first responders at Laurel Hill! Golf Course.

First Thursday:

Prayer & Healing Service, at 6:30 p.m. at Cranford UMC located at 9912 Old Colchester Road, Lorton for first Thursdays monthly

Cub Scout Pack 2000 meeting first Thursday of each month: Contact: Brian Dieffenbacher


SCAPE Open Art Studio Saturdays, 12p-3p, Ongoing, art-making sessions serve active duty and retired service members and their families, allowing participants to explore their creativity, inspire and be inspired, and grow with others. The Workhouse Art Therapist will be available for an hour after each Open Art Studio session to meet with participants to discuss artwork or other topics. All materials provided.

First Saturdays:

Historic Pohick Church Tours from 1:00–3:00 pm The Historic Pohick Church Docent Guild will give free guided tours of the historic colonial church. Call 703-339-6572 or visit See Story.

Third Saturdays:

OWL Writer’s group regular meetings 1:30 pm in Occoquan. RSVP to Location TBA







15 What’s New on Family Search. Tuesday, May 15, from 1 pm to 3 pm, Hear a presentation by Board-certified genealogist Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, at the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society monthly meeting. The speaker will discuss how to handle family stories in the course of your effort to figure out the truth about your ancestors. The talk will take place in room 112 of the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, in the Mount Vernon area. The meeting is free and open to the public. Browse or call 703-768-4101.

17-20 Artist call to paint en Plein Air at our historic and bucolic Town of Clifton, May 17-20, 2018. Let your inspiration and creativity depict our many lovely landscapes delicately balanced on the edge of time and suburbia. On Sunday from 3:30 - 6 pm their labors will be judged for awards and their works offered at our "wet paint" sale. Register at Art Guild of Clifton .org

18,19 Hodge Podge Yard Sale: Historic Pohick Episcopal Church, on Friday, May 18th from Noon–5:00 PM and on Saturday, May 19 from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. On sale will be furniture, antiques, collectibles, household items, tools, electronics, toys, books, clothing and more. All proceeds will benefit the many ministries of Pohick Church located at 9301 Richmond Highway, Lorton. For additional information, call Darryl Sebastian 703-339-7197 or visit the church website at .

19 Occoquan River Blessing of the Fleet Set for Saturday, May 19 More than a hundred and fifty recreational boats are anticipated to take part in the area's 18th annual Blessing of the Fleet. The Occoquan River Maritime Association (ORMA) is sponsoring the event in coordination with The Town of Occoquan, the Fairfax, Occoquan and Manyi area marinas and yacht clubs. The Blessing of the Fleet is open to all boats in the area. Visit for more information on Town of Occoquan events. A Blessing of the Fleet flyer and full day's schedule is posted on the website: Spectators can view the boat parade from The Town of Occoquan's dock at 205 Mill Street and River Mill Park at 458 Mill Street, as well as, at marinas along the river. See story for more details.

19 Occoquan introduces Discover Occoquan, a free family-friendly event in Downtown Historic Occoquan, on May 19. The Town and the Occoquan Merchants Guild will host Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Historic Occoquan. This brand-new event features a full day of free activities for everyone, including a boat parade, interactive classes and free demonstrations hosted by Occoquan businesses, historic tours, live entertainment, a photo booth, children’s activities, and more!
The day kicks off with the Blessing of the Fleet Parade along the Occoquan River beginning at 10 a.m. and viewable from the Town Dock at Mamie Davis Park, 205 Mill Street. Then, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors are invited to browse the town’s unique shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and cafes and experience all that Occoquan has to offer. Visit for a complete schedule of activities.
In addition to these free activities, there will be a special flash sale from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Participating Occoquan businesses will have blue balloons. Finally, this fun-filled day will culminate with a free outdoor concert at River Mill Park, 458 Mill Street from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring rock and soul music by The Sidleys. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on to watch the show!
Visitors are invited to stay for the day to browse our unique shops, and visit the Town’s restaurants and cafés, many featuring outdoor dining and offering boxed lunches for outdoor picnics at the park. Admission is free. Free on-street and public lot parking is available in-town. In addition, off-site parking with shuttle bus service sponsored by Patriot Scuba is available from the Route 123 Commuter lot at the intersection of Old Bridge Road and Gordon Boulevard and drops off at 305 Mill Street.

19 Outdoor Movie Night May 19th Ferdinand. Liberty Lorton will be hosting a FREE movie night on the Liberty Green — the former baseball field, located on Central Green Street. All Lorton residents are welcome. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating. Parking is limited, we encourage walking or biking. Plan on arriving at 7:30 PM and the movies will begin at dark. Saturday, May 19th, Ferdinand (PG).

22 Twilight & Tipple Tuesday Tour. Experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House by twilight! This tour is a rare chance to see Pope-Leighey House illuminated against a night sky, bringing a whole new dimension and radiance to the typical tour experience, so seize this great opportunity today! Grab a drink, which is included in the price of your ticket, and take an informative and fun guided tour. This Twilight & Tipple Tuesday Tour will take place May
22nd between 6:PM and 9:PM. For more information and tickets browse: Woodlawn Pope Leighey .org / tours

22 L.E.D. Light Bulb Exchange. Fairfax County is hosting its first series of L.E.D. Light Bulb Exchanges at libraries throughout the county. The events will explain the benefits of L.E.D.s and feature an interactive lighting display showing different types of bulbs. Participants can also receive one FREE L.E.D. light bulb, and up to four more if you bring in old incandescents or C.F.L.s to exchange. Hey! Dollar Store! The L.E.D.s provided will be 60W equivalent, warm white, ENERGY STAR® certified, non-dimmable. Visit the Sherwood Regional Library on Tuesday, May 22 between 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. to get your free LED bulb!

28 The Prince William Art Society will hold the annual Jewell Pratt Burns Scholarship award ceremony to celebrate our county's students' artistic talent. On 28 May Two students going on to study for degrees in Fine Arts will each be awarded $1,000 scholarships. Certificates and checks will be presented by Ms. Burns, a long time member of the Art Society. Browse:




1 The Fiber National Exhibition opens at the Workhouse
Arts Center June 1st.

2 The Spring Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show will be
held rain or shine on Saturday, June 2nd, from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 3rd, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
in downtown Historic Occoquan.

2 Liberty Lorton will be hosting Free outdoor movie nights on the Liberty Green — the former baseball field, located on Central Green Street. All Lorton residents are welcome. Parking is limited, we encourage walking or biking. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating. Plan on arriving at 7:30 PM; the movies will begin at dark. Saturday, June 2nd, Kung Fu Panda 3 (PG). That's at 9380 Quadrangle Street.

16 Liberty Lorton will be hosting a Free outdoor movie night on the Liberty Green — the former baseball field, located on Central Green Street. All Lorton residents are welcome. Parking is limited, we encourage walking or biking. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating. Plan on arriving at 7:30 PM; the movies will begin at dark. Saturday, June 16th, The Sandlot (PG). That's at 9380 Quadrangle Street.

30 Workhouse Fireworks On Saturday, June 30th, A nearly 30-minute fireworks show, the region’s largest pre-Independence Day fireworks show. Beginning at 5pm guests are invited to gather at the Workhouse to enjoy art exhibits in 12 galleries. This year, the US Navy Band Commodores – the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble – will treat guests to the very best of big band jazz music. Guests at Workhouse Fireworks will also be able to enjoy culinary delights from local food trucks and craft beer and fine wine will be available for guests aged 21 and over. Ice-cold water, soft drinks, and other non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase by all our guests. Admission to Workhouse Fireworks is free; parking is $20 per car (cash only) and is available at both the Workhouse campus or across Ox Road at the Vulcan Materials Company facility. Free shuttles will run between the Vulcan lot and the Workhouse throughout the event. More information about Workhouse Fireworks is available online at



HeartBeats Music & Dance Center

Dansk Day Spa, Occoquan 703-492-1991

Pro Grounds Landscaping

Free Call 811 before you dig message from Aria Energy.

Discount Energy Services Call 703-550-0035

Crosspointe Animal Hospital

Labella Bridal & Consignment boutique

Ellis & Dutson Orthodontics, Lorton, Virginia, Call 703-750-9393

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