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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 October 13th 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, 3 Auditions. The Castaways Repertory Theatre announces auditions for Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, Directed by Hannah Butler. Auditions:
Thursday November 1, 2018 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday November 3 11:00am to 2:00 pm
Saturday auditionees will be told after auditions, if they are needed back for Callbacks: Sat November 3, 2018, 3-5 pm.
Cold readings from script. Possible singing or dancing. Special talents are not a requirement, but are definitely a bonus! Juggling, sword play, fighting etc. Ages- High School and older. Performances:
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.
Any questions-
For the latest information about Castaways Repertory Theatre, call tel:703-232-1710 or go to

2 THE ANNUAL Ghosts in the Graveyard BONFIRE AND COOKOUT – hosted by the Youth of Cranford UMC, will be held Friday, Nov 2 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. (rain date: Friday, November 2). Come on out for some food, fellowship and fun. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to stay cozy by the fire. Share a scary story or your musical talents with us. It's always a great time! If you are able, please bring a gently worn, clean coat to donate for the homeless or a canned good for LCAC.

2,3 The Bureau of Land Management- Eastern States will hold a wild horse and burro event providing wild horses and possibly a few yearling and burros, November 2 - 3, at Meadowood Recreation Area, 10406 Gunston Road, Lorton. Yearling and burros may not always be available at the event. The animals will be available for selection on Friday, from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Purchasers receive immediate ownership of the animal on the day of the event. For more information, call 1-866-4MUSTANGS (1-866-468-7826) or visit

Nov. 4 Simple Changes Therapeutic Riding Center. Come join us for the 3rd Annual Hippo Run to Support Simple Changes on Sun, Nov 4. This 5k Fun Run (or Walk) is off road through the beautiful trails at Meadowood in Lorton, VA. Prizes for the top finishing male and female runners!

10 Artist Reception “Into the Woods” Saturday, November 10, 2018, 1:00-4:00 pm Working in collaboration, George Jones, III and Gloria Benedetto-Brazelton have created a journey, “Into the Woods” at The Loft Gallery in November. Working with unique woods, George skillfully draws out of the raw material, subtlety beautiful works of art and functional items. To compliment those works, Benedetto has interpreted journeys into the woods through a variety of mediums and styles. To see more of Gloria’s and George’s art, visit The Loft Gallery, Occoquan or browse: call The Loft 703-490-1117.

10 Fairfax County History Conference, to be held Saturday, November 10, at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax. This year's theme is "Years that Shook Our Nation and Fairfax County; 1868,1918, and 1968". The speakers address the impacts of Reconstruction, the First World War, and the tumultuous social change of the 1960s. Registration, including continental breakfast and lunch, is $25. The registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 2.

15 The Annual Pohick Episcopal Church Christmas Mart will take place on Thursday, November 15 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The Parish House and the Vestry House will be transformed into a festive Christmas atmosphere with rooms filled with Attic Treasures, a Consignment Shop, fresh baked goods, homemade candy and apple butter, and frozen casseroles made by the women of Pohick Church. Booths will feature the work of artisans showcasing handmade jewelry, stained glass, Christmas decorations and many other crafts. Colonial-attired ladies will serve luncheon at three sittings—11:00 AM, 12:00 noon and 1:00 PM—the cost is $13.00. The Docent Guild will be leading tours of the historic colonial church and the Golden Dove Gift Shop will be open. Admission to the Christmas Mart is free.

Pohick Episcopal Church is located at 9301 Richmond Highway in Lorton, For more information see the website at or call 703-339-6572.

17 The Artists’ Undertaking Gallery in Historic Occoquan, presents “Sweet Angel Blue”, an exhibit featuring Paintings and Etchings by Roger Frey of Woodbridge, and Jewelry by Tyler Kulenguski of Annandale. Meet the Artists Reception will be held on Saturday, November 17, from 1 to 4 pm. The exhibit runs November 6 through December 3. The gallery is open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily (except major holidays), and is located at 309 Mill Street in Historic Occoquan, VA. For more information contact the gallery at 703-494-0584 or at

20 The Germanic French: Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families. Tuesday, November 20, 1-3 pm, presentation by Ph.D. genealogist John Philip Colletta about the special challenges of researching ancestors of Alsace, Lorraine, and Elsass-Lothringen. 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

26 The Prince William Art Society will meet at the Tall Oaks community center, 12298 Cotton Mill Dr, Woodbridge, at 7:30 pm on November 26th for a business meeting followed by a "Show and Share" during which anyone in attendance can share a finished or in-progress work of art and, if desired, solicit suggestions. Meetings are free and open to the public. Information on the PWAS can be found 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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