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Mondays:

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 cubmaster_pack2000@yahoo.com

Thirsty Third Thursday, South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce

Saturdays:

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. http://www.workhousearts.org/event/scapeopenartstudio/all/

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 www.pohick.org. See Story.

2nd Saturday Writers Guild invites seasoned and beginning fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry writers to its meeting from 1 p.m.to 3 p.m. at Northern Virginia Community College. Writers are encouraged to read from their work, ask for member critiques and participate in discussions. The Guild meets in the college library, Room 230, 2645 College Drive, Arts and Science Building (WAS), Woodbridge. For more information or questions, email June Forte at home1270@gmail.com

 


SEPTEMBER

4 Fairfax County Department of Transportation will hold a public input meeting on several projects to be submitted for the Transportation Alternatives Set Aside Project. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 4, at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Room 2, 12000 Government Center Pkwy in Fairfax. At the meeting, county staff will give a presentation about the program, followed by a question-and-answer session. The public is invited to give feedback at the meeting and online.
Fairfax County Projects Included in the Transportation Alternatives Grant Application
Orange Hunt Elementary (School Safe Routes to School Program)
Capital Bikeshare Expansion
Mason Neck Park Trail

5 Mount Vernon Regional Historical Society next public meeting on Thursday, September 5, 7-9 pm at the Mount Vernon Government Center, 2511 Parkers Lane, Mt. Vernon,. Don Hakenson will present "Unusual Civil War Incidents in the Lee-Mount Vernon Area". Local historian, author, and tour guide Don Hakenson will present stories concerning the closest penetration of Confederate troops into the City of Alexandria;

7 The Pohick Church Annual Crab Feast Fundraiser, sponsored by the Brotherhood of St Andrew, will be held in the Parish Hall from 3:30 PM until 6:00 PM on Saturday, September 7. The menu will include Crabs, Fried Fish, Steamed Shrimp, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Pork and Chicken Barbecue Sandwiches, and Hot Dogs for the kids. The cost is $30.00 per adult (ages 18 and older), $15 for children ages 12-17, and children under 12 are free. For tickets or more information, call the church office at 703-339-6572.
Historic Pohick Church is located at 9301 Richmond Highway, Lorton, VA 22079, on U.S. Route 1 between Telegraph Road and Pohick Road.

8 Mount Vernon Governmental Center, Reduced Cost Rabies Clinic September 8, 2019, noon – 2pm. 2511 Parkers Lane, Mt. Vernon,

8 Meet-The-Artists Reception: Sunday, September 8, 2019 1:00 – 4:00 pm and Sunday, September 15, 2019; 1:00 – 4:00 PM The Loft Gallery of Occoquan, “Art and Soul” Watercolors by Karin Sebolka and Sculptures by Francesca Di Lorenzo through Sunday, October 6, 313 Mill Street, 2ndFloor, Occoquan, VA www.loftgallery.org 703 490-1117

8 All are invited to the Homecoming and Revival at Shiloh Baptist Church on Mason Neck. beginning September 8, - 11:00 am Worship Service and Afternoon Service at 3:00 pm with Pastor Frank R. Kelly of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church Family, Alexandria. Theme for Revival is "THERE IS NO REVIVAL WITHOUT PRAYER; PRAYER CHANGES US AND PRAYER REVIVES US." 2 Chronicles 7:14
Monday, September 9 - Pastor Walter Davis, New Generation Worship Center of Dumfries
Tuesday, September 10 - Pastor Edward Young, Sr., New Beginnings Missionary Baptist Church of Annandale
Wednesday, September 11 - Pastor Charles Hall, St. John Baptist Church of Alexandria

8 Gunston Hall Hosts Garden Talk with Chip Callaway Sunday, September 8, at 2:00 PM, a renowned landscape architect, for a discussion on “Breathing Life into Old Gardens.” Mr. Callaway is well known by garden enthusiasts and is featured in publications such as Salt Magazine, Garden & Gun magazine, and Southern Accents magazine. For more information on this program or other upcoming events and programs at Gunston Hall, please visit www.gunstonhall.org.

9 Cut off date for vendors:Local crafters are wanted for a Fall Craft Show on Saturday, October 5th at Harmony at Spring Hill, a Harmony Senior Services assisted living and memory care community, located at 8350 Mountain Larkspur Drive in Lorton, Virginia. This event will be hosted outside from 9 AM to 3 PM and vendors will be responsible for bringing their own tables, chairs, and tents, if so desired. A donation fee of $10 is requested upon day of the show and is non-refundable as this will go towards our resident holiday fund. All interested exhibitors/vendors must contact Robin Williams at 202-603-8027 or via email at rwilliams@harmonyatspringhill.com to enroll as a vendor/exhibitor. The cut-off date to apply as a vendor will be Monday, September 9th.

14 Gunston Hall Celebrates Citizenship with Naturalization Ceremony, September 14, from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM In partnership with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, Gunston Hall invites visitors and their families to attend this special ceremony with a reception to follow, featuring music from the Mount Vernon Brass Band. Gunston Hall, The Home of American Rights, hosts this public celebration of citizenship each year to honor the oath and promise that new citizens make to faithfully adhere to and support the principles George Mason wrote about and defended throughout this life. Admission to Gunston Hall is FREE and open to the public until 1:00 PM. For more information on this program or other upcoming events and programs at Gunston Hall, please visit www.gunstonhall.org.
The mission of Gunston Hall is to stimulate the exploration and understanding of principles expressed by George Mason in the 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights.

14 Owl Moon, The Friends of Mason Neck State Park will hold their Owl Moon event at 7 PM on Saturday, September 14 at the Park Visitor Center. Secret Garden Birds and Bees will present "A Year in the Life of an Owl." Learn what great horned owls, barred owls, barn owls, and eastern screech owls are doing from January through December. Follow them through courtship, nesting, raising young, fledging and finally dispersal of the young to their own territories.
Secret Garden will bring a Barred Owl, a Great Horned Owl and an Eastern Screech Owl to the event for guests to see up-close. This event is open to the general public.  Registration is only $10 per person, which will help to offset the cost of the program. Entrance to the park is free (no parking fee) after 6:30 pm. Register at http://www.masonneckstateparkfriends.org/, under the “Events” tab.

14 Autumn Venue, The Artists’ Undertaking Gallery in Historic Occoquan, presents “Autumn Venue”, an exhibit featuring Salt-Fired Stoneware by Marianne Cordyack of Reston, and Oil Paintings by Maria Martin of Triangle. A Meet the Artists Reception will be held on Saturday, September 14, from 1 to 5 pm. The exhibit runs through October 7. The gallery is located at 309 Mill Street in Historic Occoquan. For more information contact the gallery at 703-494-0584 or at info@artistsundertaking.com.

15 Homecoming at Silverbrook United Methodist Church, Sunday, September 15th 10am. Brunch at 11:15am. Our present members and members from the past who have moved away will be here. If you were part of the life of Silverbrook Church we invite you to join us for this get together. And if you are new to Lorton, stop by and get to know us. The food is always good! Silverbrook UMC is located at 8616 Silverbrook Road, Lorton. The telephone number is 703.690.4159 and our email is silverbrookumc@verizon.net; Webpage :http://silverbrook-umc.org


15 Meet-The-Artists Reception NEW DATE for Sunday, September 15, 1:00 – 4:00 PM “Art and Soul” highlights the watercolors of Karin Sebolka and the sculptures of Francesca Di Lorenzo. Karin Sebolka – Karin’s work has proved to be popular with lovers of nature’s beauty. Francesca’s “from life” sculptures are created using clay and working with life models. Her traditional sculptural style captures the nuances of the human figure, and celebrates the beauty and differences depicted by her interpretation of the female and male forms.
To see more of Karin’s and Francesca’s art, visit The Loft Gallery www.loftgallery.org For further information call The Loft Gallery of Occoquan, LLC at 703 490-1117

17 Mount Vernon District Events September Events: Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Meeting September 17, 2019, 7 pm at Bryant High School, 2709 Popkins Lane, Alexandria.

17 "Collecting the Revolution: The DAR's Source Guides on Research in the States". Tuesday, September 17, 1-3 pm, presentation at the monthly meeting of the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society, by author and genealogist Eric G. Grundset, longtime DAR Library Director, who will speak about the extensive works he has published on the American Revolutionary War and their importance for genealogists. The talk will take place in Room 112 of the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, in the Mount Vernon area. The presentation is free and open to the public. Browse http://www.mvgenealogy.org.

21 Fall Festival at Silverbrook United Methodist Church, Saturday, September 21st 10am - 2pm Enjoy our delicious Chicken BBQ platter, music and crafters. All are invited to stop by and join in on the festivities. Crafters are invited to participate Free of Charge! You need only to register prior to the event by calling 703.690.4159 on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 2pm. Or you may email us at silverbrookumc@verizon.net Silverbrook UMC is located at 8616 Silverbrook Road, Lorton. The telephone number is 703.690.4159 and our email is silverbrookumc@verizon.net; Webpage http://silverbrook-umc.org

23 The Prince William Art Society ends a summer break, but will meet again Monday September 23rd at 7:30 PM at the Tall Oaks Community Center, 12298 Cotton Mill Dr, Woodbridge for a back to business meeting to be followed by a "Show and Share" session. Rather than having a guest speaker, all members and guests are invited to bring a piece of their art to share with the group. Members and guests can discuss their art and answer questions. This will give us a chance to get to know one another better and learn from others' triumphs and mistakes or simply enjoy the view! Attendees are under no obligation to participate. These Show & Tell programs are always fun so I hope you'll join us - and bring a guest!

27 Opening: MURDER ON THE NILE, Written by Agatha Christie, Directed by Jill Jago, Assistant Director, Bob Cohen Opens September 27 and plays three weekends including evenings at 8:00 and and matinees. General Admission is $15 with discounts. Castaways Repertory Theatre accepts cash or checks at the box office. If you wish to use a credit card, tickets can be purchased at either Goldstar and Eventbrite. During return from a visit to an ancient temple, Linnet is found dead. A stole, a string of pearls and a gun are missing. Poirot is on the case. Hints should lead the observant patron to the killer. See Story for more information: Go to:
https://www.goldstar.com/events/woodbridge-va/murder-on-the-nile-tickets
Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/castaways-repertory-theatre-8633281883
Performances:
Evenings- September 27, 28, and October 4, 5, 11, 12 at 8:00 pm.
Matinees-September 29, and October 6, 13 at 2:00 pm.*

28 Pohick Church Annual Community COUNTRY FAIR Saturday, September 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Enjoy a day of outdoor fun and learning with historic colonial church tours, organ concerts, children’s games, barbecue, hamburgers and hot dogs, homemade apple butter, live music, 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 the church office at 703-339-6572 or visit the Pohick Church website at www.pohick.org .

28 Finding Roots. The Mount Vernon Genealogical Society will hold its fall conference on Saturday, September 28. Finding Roots -- Researching in Your Own Back Yard. Saturday, September 28, 1-3 pm, fall genealogy conference of the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society, about researching in the many genealogical repositories in and near Washington, DC. Participants will hear a keynote presentation by Claire Kluskens of the National Archives and may choose any three of nine additional presentations. The conference will take place at the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, in the Mount Vernon area. Lunch provided; fee of $30 for MVGS members and $35 for nonmembers. Browse http://www.mvgenealogy.org for more information.

28 Mason Neck State Park Shoreline Cleanup on National Public Land Day
September 28, from 9 am to noon, is the last opportunity this year to help clean up the shoreline at Mason Neck State Park. Park visitors are very good about cleaning up after themselves, but large amounts of trash float down the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers and end up on the Park's shoreline. Participants can walk along the shoreline or take a canoe and clean the areas that are not accessible from the shore. You should wear clothes you can get dirty and shoes or boots that can get wet.  The park will provide gloves for those who do not bring them, work tools, and large trash bags. And after the work is done, stick around and join one of our afternoon programs for some fun while learning about the park and its resources or take a walk on one of the Park's trails. The Friends of Mason Neck State Park will provide light snacks and reusable water bottles for those who need them.   There is free parking/admission for this day. For questions, please call the Park at 703-339-2385.  

28 Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show Returns This Fall, September 28 and 29, The Fall Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show will be held rain or shine on Saturday, September 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown historic Occoquan. A 50-year tradition, this award-winning outdoor street festival features hundreds of artisans and crafters from all over the region and U.S., delicious food, fun interactive activities for the kids, and a beer garden and bands in the park! Be sure to make time to stop by the beer garden in River Mill Park either day, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. We’re celebrating our 50th by featuring local craft brews from Water’s End Brewery and popular music by Just Wanna Play on Saturday and Mars Rodeo on Sunday. By parking at the Lake Ridge Commuter Lot, visitors can board the “Beer Garden Express” Green shuttle straight to the Beer Garden at River Mill Park. See story for more.

29 First Annual Lorton Volunteer Fire Department 12K
Race date: Sunday, September 29th
Race location:
Burke Lake
7315 Ox Rd,
Fairfax Station, VA 22039
Schedule: 09/29/2019 Packet Pickup: 08:00 AM Start time: 9:00 AM Awards: 10:30 AM
End time: 11:00 AM
Costs:
Early Registration: $30 (May 16 - Aug 15) Regular Registration: $35 (Aug 16 - Sep 29) Raceday: $40
Course:
This is an out-and-back course almost completely around Burke Lake. The start/finish is at the northern end of the Burke Lake Park Ice Cream Parlor/Merry-Go-Round parking lot on main roadway ("Start" is painted on road surface). The race proceeds clockwise around lake over mildly rolling terrain. The first half mile is on the paved main roadway. After crossing the small bridge, bear right onto the dirt path, keeping the lake on your right. Continue on dirt path (watch for tree roots and protruding rocks!). Proceed for another three miles to turnaround and then proceed counterclockwise around lake back to the start/finish. The turnaround is past the earthen dam and is approximately 200 yards past the 4.0 mile marker (if you reach the public marina, you've gone too far!). Race sentries are stationed and water is available at the turnaround.
Extras:
Each runner will receive a T-shirt and one-of-a-kind medal.
REGISTER HERE:
https://www.dcroadrunners.org/sign-up/lortonvfd
All proceeds will go to Lorton Fire & Rescue Station

29 Fall for LCAC is happening on September 29th, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the LCAC Food Pantry (9518 Richmond Highway).

This is an opportunity for the whole family to spend an afternoon with friends & neighbors while doing good for the community. Come help stock our food pantry, enjoy music by The Magnetic Toxins, participate in games & grab a bite to eat (Courtesy of the Mason Neck Lions Club). Whether you want to stay for 10 minutes or a couple hours, there will be something for everyone. Children of all ages are welcome & kids as young as two can even help out!

Want to donate to the pantry? Start a drive and get your church, workplace or club in on the fun too! Visit www.LortonAction.org/fall-for-lcac for full lists of items being accepted.

 

October

5 Local crafters are wanted for a Fall Craft Show on Saturday, October 5th at Harmony at Spring Hill, a Harmony Senior Services assisted living and memory care community, located at 8350 Mountain Larkspur Drive in Lorton, Virginia. This event will be hosted outside from 9 AM to 3 PM and vendors will be responsible for bringing their own tables, chairs, and tents, if so desired. A donation fee of $10 is requested upon day of the show and is non-refundable as this will go towards our resident holiday fund. All interested exhibitors/vendors must contact Robin Williams at 202-603-8027 or via email at rwilliams@harmonyatspringhill.com to enroll as a vendor/exhibitor.

6 5k Hippo Run for Simple Changes is being held on Oct 6 and registration is now open. Lace up your running shoes and join us for our 4th Annual 5k Hippo Run to benefit Simple Changes therapeutic riding center. There is also a 1k walk. This is an off road run on the beautiful trails at Meadowood. All proceeds benefit Simple Changes. Prizes for top finishers. A fun morning to get some exercise and help a great organization! Sunday, October 6, at 10am.
To sign up and for more info go to www.simplechanges.org
For more info and to sign up go to simplechanges.org/events/hippo-run-hippotherapy/

20 The 7th Annual Fall Wine Tasting is October 20th from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. You can view the event page (https://lortonaction.org/7th-annual-wine-tasting/) for more information. Registration is open, RSVP today! LCAC would like to extend a special “thanks!” to our Cabernet Sponsors, Barbara & Tim Rizer.
RSVP HERE: https://conta.cc/326AHAL

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