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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



1 First Day Hikes at Mason Neck State Park invites you to start the year off with an invigorating hike in a beautiful location on January 1. The Park has 9 trails from .16 miles to 3.0 miles in length, all rated at no more than moderate difficulty. All feature the opportunity to see some wildlife and winter wonderment.
The Park is offering three guided hikes: At 10 a.m. is a 3.5 mile hike of moderate difficulty but at an easy pace. This hike includes our Kane's Creek and Eagle Spur Trails. At 11 a.m. there's a fast-paced, heart pumping hike incorporating several trails that will cover 5.5 miles. This hike includes our Kane's Creek, Dogue, Meadow View, Wilson Spring, and Bay View Trails. At 3 p.m. is a leisurely stroll on the Bay View Trail covering 1 mile and at an easy pace.
• Parking fees are waived for January 1. The first 100 visitors will receive a First Day Hikes bumper sticker. And you can also participate in the Virginia State Parks New Year Challenge or Photo Contest. The top prize for each contest is a $500 gift certificate. You can find out more about the contests at First Day Contests. Mason Neck is a dog friendly park! You must have your four-legged friend on a leash at all times.

9 "In the Line of Duty". January 9 at 7:30. Work House Arts Center. This program remembers the lives of two Correctional Officers—Michael Hughes and Michael Kirby and two FBI Special Agents—Anthony Palmisano and Edwin Woodriffe who gave their lives while doing their jobs. Learn the stories behind the events leading to the deaths of these brave men as told by their colleagues.

12 2nd Saturday Writers Guild invites seasoned and beginning fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry writers to its January 12th 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

15 Finding Records of Claims Against the Federal Government. Tuesday, January 15, 1-3 pm, presentation by Claire Prechtel-Kluskens, former Senior Archivist for the National Archives, about researching Federal Government claims to gather genealogical information. 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

17 South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce's Thirsty Third Thursday 6-8p.m. looks to return to The Electric Palm for its first of 2019 monthly "drop in." Come as you are, bring a friend, potential member or co-worker, network and enjoy the cash bar and snacks. Think you might make it out? Let us know ahead of time so we can plan to save you a seat! Visit our SFCC Website!

18,19,20,25,26 Feb 1,2,3 The Castaways Repertory Theatre announces "Much Ado About Nothing" by William Shakespeare. It is a tale of romance, confusion and happy endings.
Evenings-January 18, 19, 25, 26, February 1, 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm.
Matinees-January 20, 26, February 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm.
General admission $15.00 and Discounted rates: We only accept cash or checks at the box office. The Dr. A. J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge. For the latest information about Castaways Repertory Theatre, call tel:703-232-1710 or go to

24 Cat Jam, Thursday at: Mixing Bowl previously known as JW and Friends 6531 Backlick Road south of Old Keane Mill. Charity Jam for the 25th project helping homeless restore their name.

26 Join Simple Changes for the 8th Annual Chili Cook Off at Fairwinds Brewery -- a local veteran-owned business. January 26. 3 - 6pm. Enter your own chili -- how to information at -- or come enjoy the culinary expertise of your neighbors. Tickets start at $35 per person. Includes 2 craft beers and chili -- and voting for best chili! Enjoy a winter get together with neighbors and new friends and support your local equine assisted activities center. For more information go to


9 Art A La Carte Gallery is hosting a reception for renown clay artist, Pam Eisenmann. February 9, 2019, 2 – 4 pm. Light refreshments, chocolate wine and chocolate treats are served. Come meet Pam Eisenman, artist of the month. Pam Eisenmann’s unique work features brightly-hued drinking vessels, decorative tableware and fanciful animal-inspired pieces. The perfect gift for the Love of your life! ART A La Carte, 310 Mill Street, Occoquan, 703.496.9540

21 The Intersection of History, Art and Economic Growth. The Workhouse Arts Center & South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce present Rediscovering the Workhouse: Thurs., Feb. 21
8:30am-9:00am Breakfast & Networking
9:00am - 9:30am Presentation and Q & A
9:30am - 10:15am Networking and Tour
Please RSVP by February 18, Breakfast Included
Reserve your tickets and sponsorship opportunities available
Contact Elena Romanova at 703.584.2908 or

24 Join Cappies for a SILLYarious evening of laughing till your face hurts as the Capitol Steps political satire comedy troupe performs a show to benefit high school theatre for the Cappies of the National Capitol Area! Sunday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. Share the event with friends and family! Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run Road Fairfax. FREE PARKING, Adults $30 Discounts Available. Go to contact


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.


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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