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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

Thirsty Third Thursday, South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce


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.

2nd Saturday Writers Guild invites seasoned and beginning fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry writers to its meeting from 1 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




The Workhouse Arts theater company presents the area premier of Nell Benjamin’s farce The Explorers club Through March 31 in its black-box theater in Building 3 on the campus located at 9518 Workhouse Road in Lorton. Local director Frank D. Shutts II makes his Workhouse debut. THE STORY: London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? Grab your safety goggles for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, irate Irishmen, and the occasional airship. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm And Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Ticket prices $20-$30. Reservations are encouraged and can be made online at or by phone at 703-584-2900 ext 3.

Also all month. The Needlework Show and Sale at Woodlawn Plantation. Browse:

5 Pohick Church Pancake Supper Fundraiser. Tuesday, March 5th from 5:00–7:00 PM in the parish hall. This traditional pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday was started in medieval England. The cost is $8 for ages 13 and over, $3 for ages 6–12, and free for children under 6 years old. For more information contact the church office at 703-339-6572 or

7 Rediscovering the Workhouse: Thursday, March 7, 8:30am-10:15am The Intersection of History, Art and Economic Growth with the South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.. Reserve your tickets and sponsorship opportunities available. 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton. Elena Romanova, 703-584-2908

9 2nd Saturday Writers Guild Meets March 9, Writers Guild invites seasoned and beginning fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry writers to its March 9th meeting from 1 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

9 “Tapestry of Light and Color” Meet-The-Artists Reception: Saturday, March 9, 2019, 1:00-4:00 pm Show through Sunday, March 31, showcases a collection of paintings and fused glass art created by Lynn Martin and Maureen Storey. visit The Loft Gallery
10 The Artists’ Undertaking Gallery
in Historic Occoquan, presents “Spring Marches On”, an exhibit featuring Fused Glass Sculptures and Jewelry by David & Dale Barnes of Sterling, and Paintings by Jeanne & David Pacheco of Springfield. A Meet the Artists Reception will be held on Sunday, March 10, from 1 pm to 5 pm. The exhibit runs through April 1. The gallery is open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily and is located at 309 Mill Street in Historic Occoquan. For more information contact the gallery at 703-494-0584 or at

11 A meeting of the Northern Virginia Community College Board will be held on Monday, March 11. The gathering will take place at the Brault Building, Room 321, on NOVA’s Annandale Campus, 4001 Wakefield Chapel Road, Annandale. The Board Meeting will begin at 5:15 p.m. and is expected to end at 6:30 p.m.

11, 18, & 25 Oriental brush painting classes are now taught at The Loft Gallery Art Center in Occoquan, by International /National award winning artist Darlene Kaplan. Monday, March 11, 18, & 25, from 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Kaplan has well over 40 years of experience in teaching. She has been exhibiting and winning awards for her art worldwide for many years. Her oriental brush paintings have won awards both in China and Japan for the past 3 years. Darlene Kaplan is a gallery member at the Loft Gallery. She also has an art studio in the Loft Gallery Art Studio at 313 Mill Street, Occoquan. For additional information about the classes or art supply list you may go to or e-mail

17 St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at Historic Pohick Church, Saturday, March 17, The community is invited to a traditional St Patrick's Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner from 6 to 8 PM on in the Parish Hall Common Room at Historic Pohick Church. This is a fund-raising event to support the many Christian outreach programs sponsored by the Brotherhood of St. Andrew Men’s Group of Pohick Episcopal Church. The cost is $15 for adults, $40 for a family, and children 12 and under are free. For ticket information contact the church office at 703-339-6572 or .

19 Tell Your Ancestor's Story by Writing, Documenting, and Sharing. Join the Mount Vernon Genealogy Society, Tuesday, March 19, 1-3 pm. Hear a presentation by genealogist Angela Packer McGhie about writing biographical sketches of 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

21 SFCC Thirsty Third Thursday 6:30-9pm The Harbour Grille

23 Ham & Oyster Dinner at Cranford Methodist Church A 100 year tradition. Saturday, March 23 , 4:00 - 7:pm in Lewis Hall. Adults $22 Children 4-12 $11. Fried Oysters, Ham, Green Beans, Apple Sauce, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Sweet Potato Casserole, Beviled Eggs, Rolls, Homemade Desserts & Beverages.

24 Ides of Bark, Sunday. March 24, 1:00-4:pm Free at Grist Mill Park. Bring you doggie. Games, Prizes, Food, Fun, Vendors, demonstrations by the Police K-9 Unit. Register you Dog with Fairfax County.

25 The Prince William Art Society will meet On March 25 at 7:30 pm at the Tall Oaks Community Center, 12298 Cotton Mill Drive, Lake Ridge. Following a business meeting there will be a break for refreshments followed by a program featuring Fine Artist Phoebe Twichell Peterson, a landscape painter who has a studio and teaches oil painting at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. Many of her images are inspired by the coastal scenes of New England where she grew up. She will talk with the Prince William Arts Society about ways to experiment with different media to create interesting textures in oil paint. The use of Cold Wax Medium, Fine Pumice Gel, stencils, palette knives and various substrates will be discussed. She will bring examples of her work to illustrate these different effects. Her work can be viewed on line at Meetings and programs are free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

27 LCAC will be participating in Jersey Mike's 2019 Month of Giving to help spread awareness & raise funds. On Wednesday, March 27th, visit the Jersey Mike's Subs at the Shoppes of Lorton Valley & 100% of the day's sales will go to LCAC!

28 Catjam for DC Hemophilia Association of the Capital Area (HACA) The concert is free but enjoy a fine dinner at Tanger Kabob House Cafe, 5735 Telegraph Road. Just past Franconia Road. 703-329-4860 The band is mainly the King Street Bluegrass band with friends called the Anything Goes Band.



6 10-12pm Spring Teen Job Fair at South County High School

6 Mark your calendars for LCAC’s Annual Spring Gala to be held on April 6th at Harbour View. Planning is underway and there are plenty of ways to get involved. Interested in sponsoring the event? Get more information here. Would you rather volunteer or donate to the silent auction? Contact Elizabeth Hankins by e-mail or phone at 703/339-5161, ext. 150.

6 Shiloh Festival of Music, Saturday, April 6, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Mount Vernon High School, 4515 Old Mount Vernon Road, Alexandria, VA 22309. Tickets - $20.00 (adults)/$10.00 (children 3-12). For information/tickets, contact: Alva Foster at

13 Shiloh Faith Walk Saturday, April 13, Start time: 9:00 am (Registration: 8:00 – 8:30 am, warm ups: 8:30 – 8:45 am) Leave from Shiloh Baptist Church, Lorton, VA, walk to Mason Neck Park and back to Shiloh Baptist Church. No Fee

20 Occoquan Peep Show

25 6-8:30pm SFCC Annual Meeting INOVA Lorton HealthPlex

27 Shiloh Baptists Church Anniversary Banquet, Saturday, April 27, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Fort Belvoir Officer’s Club, Ft. Belvoir, VA. Tickets - $50.00 Dress: Semi-formal/Black Tie Optional. For information/tickets, contact: Alva Foster at

28 Shiloh, Special Sunday Anniversary Service, Sunday, April 28, 11:00 am Shiloh Baptist Church, Dinner in Gladys Bushrod Fellowship Hall immediately following worship service. For information/tickets, contact: Alva Foster at

May 4th 11-4pm Silverbrook Nursery Spring Fling

JUL Occoquan Lemonade Stroll & Sale


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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