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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



1 Friday, September 1, FeelFree (Reggae / Rock) River Mill Park is located at 458 Mill Street in downtown Historic Occoquan. Free parking is available on-street or in municipal parking lots. For additional information, visit or

2 Green Spring Gardens Celebrates Honeybee Day. Help to celebrate this important pollinator when members of the Northern Virginia Beekeeping Association come to Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, September 2, from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet a beekeeper, take a peek inside a beehive, learn a bee dance, enjoy a bee scavenger hunt and learn how bees are important to our food supply. You can also pick up some tips on what you can do to help the honeybees. This event is free for all ages. Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Rd., For more information, call 703-642-5173 or visit

7 Cranford Church will host its monthly Prayer & Healing Service, Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. Cranford UMC is located at 9912 Old Colchester Road, Lorton. This service is held the first Thursday of each month. This event is open to the community. For more information, call the office at 703-339-5382 or browse:

9 The Virginia Indian Festival
will be held at Riverbend Park in Great Falls on Saturday, September 9. This popular day-long, annual event begins at 10 a.m. and includes a variety of activities appropriate for the entire family. The festival features performances by members of eight Native American tribes from Virginia, including Rappahannock dancers and drummers.

Activities include hands-on activities and live demonstrations such as American Indian storytelling, shooting bow and arrows, throwing spears and making stone tools. Additional activities include building a dugout canoe, and a visit to a marketplace of American Indian crafts, pottery and jewelry

Tickets are $7 per person if purchased in advance or $8 per person at the gate. For more information contact the site at 703-759-9018 or browse Riverbend Park is located at 8700 Potomac Hills Street in Great Falls.

9 Annual Crab Feast Dinner at Pohick Church, sponsored by the Brotherhood of St Andrew, will be held Saturday, September 9th in the Common Room from 3:30 pm until 6:00 pm. The menu will include crabs, fried fish, steamed shrimp, potato salad, pork barbecue sandwiches, corn, hush puppies, and hot dogs for the kids. The cost is $30.00 per adult (ages 21 and older), $15 for children ages 13-20 and children under the age of 12 are free. For tickets and more information contact Alan McCall at or call the church office at (703) 339-6572. Historic Pohick Church is located at 9301 Richmond Highway, Lorton.

10 Please join us for the Homecoming Celebration of Shiloh Baptist Church located at 10704 Gunston Road, Lorton, Virginia on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM. The theme for this years event is “Building God’s House” from Haggai 1:8. Our guest speaker is Rev. Joshua W. Speights, Pastor, Neabsco Baptist Church, Woodbridge. For further information, call the church at 703-550-8557.

16 See a charity College Ice Hocky exhibition to support grieving military families on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. inside Prince William Ice Center, 5180 Dale Boulevard. NOVA, GMU Ice Hockey and Prince William Ice Center partner for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.

TAPS offers compassionate care to those grieving the loss of a military loved one. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. John Woods, CEO of Telos and chairman of the board for TAPs, will drop the ceremonial puck to start the game.

NOVA and George Mason received national rankings over the past two seasons. Tickets are $10 and can purchased at http://www.nova athletics .com /x /4wf5h . Tickets are also available at the door.

16 Saturday, September 16, 2017 James Drakes and the Chris Taylor Trio (Acoustic Rock) River Mill Park is located at 458 Mill Street in downtown Historic Occoquan. Free parking is available on-street or in municipal parking lots. For additional information, visit or

17 Simple Changes 2nd annual Hippo Run for Hippotherapy will be held on Sunday, September 17. Check in starts at 9am. Race starts at 10am. Information on how to participate as a runner, walker or sponsor is at

Join the community for this 5k run/walk through the beautiful trails of Bureau of Land Management's Meadowood property. Riders pay only half the cost of their lessons at Simple Changes Therapeutic Riding Center. The other half is generated through fundraising efforts such as the Hippo Run.

The mission of Simple Changes is to enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities, their families and community through exceptional programs, especially therapeutic horsemanship.

17 Sunday, September 17th - Silverbrook United Methodist Church celebrates our 110th Anniversary with Homecoming Sunday featuring 10 am worship and a fellowship luncheon following worship. Friends and former members of Silverbrook gather from across the miles to recognize the role of Silverbrook Church in faith and in the community.

19 Researching an Aviation Pioneer. Tuesday, September 19, from 1:00-3:00 p.m., presentation by Mary Lipsey at the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society meeting. The speaker will talk about the research methods she used to gather biographical information about aviation pioneer Dr. William Wallace Whitney Christmas of Clifton, Virginia. 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.

21 Laurel Hill Golf Club is proud to host Middle Atlantic Amateur Championship, September 21 through September 24. The Middle Atlantic PGA Junior Tour is a dedicated tournament series for junior golfers ages 10 to 18 and of all skill levels. The Junior Tour hosts more than 35 tournaments from mid-June to mid-August in Virginia, Maryland, and the Greater Washington Metropolitan areas.
For more information or to reserve a tee time, visit online at or call 703-439-8849. Laurel Hill Golf Club is located at 8701 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton, VA.

25 The Prince William Art Society will meet September 25 at 7:30 pm in the Tall Oaks Community Center, 12298 Cotton Mill Drive, Woodbridge, with a free program following the meeting presenting the graphite work of Fine Artist Janet Flickinger. More information can be found at:

30 Historic Pohick Church Annual Country Fair, Saturday, September 30. The 72nd Annual Pohick Church Country Fair will be held on Saturday, September 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The purpose of the Pohick Country Fair is to extend a welcome to members of the local community and Fairfax County, inviting them to visit the historic church grounds for a day of fun and relaxation. The Fair includes games, booths, moon bounce, smoked pork barbecue, funnel cakes, homemade apple butter, Children’s Games, historic church tours, organ concerts, live music, a classic car show, a Boy Scout camping and cooking demo, and much more. Pohick Church is located at 9301 Richmond Highway in Lorton, on U.S. Route 1 between Telegraph Road and Pohick Road. For more information call Fair Chairman Doug Smith at 703-644-0480 or visit the Pohick Church website at .

30 Registration is now open for the South County High School Band’s 3rd Annual Twilight Rock -n- Run 5K. This yearly family-oriented event on September 30, 2017 also features a 1-mile Glow Walk and a Kids’ Fun Run. The evening run benefits the South County High School Band program. To register or for additional information about the Race Day Schedule and packet pick-up go to

29, 30, Oct.1m The Castaway Repertory Theatre announces their Fall Show: Arsenic and Old Lace, Written by Joseph Kesselring, Directed by Hannah Butler. The script is a A delightful combination of the macabre with the farcical. Martha and Abby Brewster are famous in their Brooklyn neighborhood for their numerous acts of charity. Come explore their wonderful old house, meet their eccentric friends and partake of their home-made elderberry wine … if you dare.

Location: The Dr. A. J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr, Woodbridge. General admission is $15.00 with discounts. It plays weekends beginning September 29 and for two more weekends in October with matinees. Evening curtains are 8:pm.

Performance Dates:
September 29 8:00 PM Friday
September 30 8:00 PM Saturday
October 1 2:00 PM Sunday
October 6 8:00 PM Friday
October 7 2:00 PM Saturday
October 7 8:00 PM Saturday
October 13 8:00 PM Friday
October 14 8:00 PM Saturday
October 15 2:00 PM Sunday

October 14 Join the Friends of the Occoquan River in helping to clean-up and preserve one of greater Lorton's most important natural resources: The Occoquan River! Help to clean-up and preserve one of our region’s most important natural resources: The Occoquan River! Saturday, October 14th from 9 am-12 pm Rain or Shine! Refreshments will be provided.

We are in need of boaters to help assist along the waterways at the various sites. Contact FOTO at 703-624-7124 or browse:



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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