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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



2 Begin to drop off gently used coats at INOVA HealthPlex Lorton for LCAC to distribute on Dec. 8.

4: Community Meeting: Huntley Meadows Trail Alternative - 6:30 p.m.

5 Fairfax Connector Franconia-Springfield Bus Service Review Community Meetings Set for Nov. and Dec. 2019

Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) will hold a second round of community input meetings and engagement opportunities to encourage public input on alternatives developed to provide enhanced Fairfax Connector bus service in the Franconia and Springfield areas. The service alternatives were developed based on the first round of public input received through community engagement, stakeholder engagement and technical analysis.

5 Garfield Elementary School
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 7-9 p.m.
7101 Old Keene Mill Road Springfield VA 22150
Transit access: Fairfax Connector Routes 310, 321, 322

After this round of public engagement, FCDOT staff will develop a preferred service plan based on public input received and further technical analysis to provide better access to destinations, improved travel times, increased schedule reliability and more dependable service. The community will have an opportunity to review and comment on the preferred service plan in Spring 2020.

7 “Behind the Scenes” Original Paintings by Lydia Jechorek Loft.

Dates of Show: Tuesday December 3 – Sunday December 29, 2019

Meet-The-Artist Reception: Saturday December 7, 2019 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm

The Loft Gallery invites you to come and enjoy featured Northern Virginia artist Lydia Jechorek’s December 2019 show.

Do you ever wonder about why an artist paints a particular scene? What catches their eye as they walk down the street? What is it about that old car in the weeds that longs for attention? If you look over a shoulder, will you be able to tell why that museum painting is fascinating to that patron? So many thoughts go into a painting and Lydia loves the artist’s view from behind the scenes.

If you'd like more information about the show or an interview, call The Loft Gallery of Occoquan, 703-490-1117 and/or email Lydia directly at

7 Lorton Holiday Extravaganza & Craft Show - Hosted by South County High School. Saturday, December 7, at 9 AM – 3 PM South County High School, Lorton,
with 170 craft vendors, Candy Cane Kids Fun Run, Cookies with Santa, Santa's Book Emporium, Silent Auction, and Student-led entertainment, Shopping

Looking to Clear Some Room on your Bookshelves?
Put your beloved books to good use by donating them! South County Crew is collecting gently used books of all genres for Santa’s Book Emporium on December 7. This special shop is part of the 2019 Lorton Holiday Extravaganza & Craft Show. Santa’s Book Emporium will feature book baskets and bundles for the avid readers on your holiday gift list!
Donations of gently used books of all genres and reading levels are welcome. From mystery, children’s stories, and history to science fiction, non-fiction, and hobbies of all sorts, we are eagerly seeking your treasures to share with others.
Donated books, baskets, ribbons, tissue paper and cellophane can be dropped off at collection boxes outside the Main Office or near the gym at South County High School. Other items such as coffee mugs, hot cocoa, bookmarks, and tea are also being accepted to create a more robust basket for a reader to thoroughly enjoy. To make a large donation or for more information, email
Donated books will be bundled or placed in gift baskets and can be purchased during the Lorton Holiday Extravaganza & Craft Show at South County High School from 9a-3p on Saturday, December 7. All proceeds from Santa’s Book Emporium benefit South County PTSO and South County Crew.

8 Warm Coat Outreach is happening Sunday, December 8th. Donations can be dropped off at INOVA HealthPlex Lorton Monday, December 2nd through Friday, December 6th. Coats, hats and gloves can also be dropped off Sunday, December 8th from noon-2pm at the Moose Family Center, 9612 Fernedge Lane, Lorton. We are in need of new hats & organizations interested in hosting collections. Willing to host a coat drive? Contact Linda Patterson, or call, 703/339-5161, ext. 140.

9 The Community Meeting on Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Trail improvements is set for Monday, December 9th, 6:30pm at the Mount Vernon Government Center on Parkers Lane. Mount Vernon Supervisor Dan Storck and the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) will host a community meeting to include an Open House with display boards at 6:30 p.m., formal presentation at 7:30 p.m., and time for questions and answers.

Feedback is due by Dec. 30, and may be submitted at the meeting; via the online feedback form on the project website; in writing to FCDOT at 4050 Legato Road, Suite 400, Fairfax, VA 22033; or by calling 703-877-5600.

14 WinterFest in Occoquan, December 14, The Town of Occoquan will participate in the fifth annual WinterFest event on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Historic Occoquan. WinterFest in Occoquan is fun for the whole family! Visitors will enjoy heart-warming fire pits with marshmallow roasting, sing holiday carols with the Woodbridge Community Choir, sample free hot chocolate, and so much more! Santa Claus arrives via boat at Mamie Davis Park at 2 p.m. and will be escorted to Town Hall where he will sit for photos until 4 p.m. when the other WinterFest festivities begin. Visitors are invited to browse the town’s unique shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and cafes to experience all that Occoquan has to offer. Many businesses will be open late for visitors to complete their holiday shopping!

14 “Art of the Season” Group Show and Holiday Open House Please come and join 19 local artists at the Artists’ Undertaking Gallery for an exhibit entitled “Art of the Season” that runs through Jan. 6. A Holiday Open House and Reception will be held on Saturday, December 14, from 1 to 5 p.m. In addition to the reception, art demonstrations will be held throughout the afternoon at the gallery in conjunction with the Annual Occoquan WinterFest activities. The unique works of art in the gallery include: watercolors, etchings, photography, digital painting, fused glass, turned wood, pottery, jewelry, copper work, acrylic & oil paintings, and fiber arts. The gallery is is located at 309 Mill Street in Historic Occoquan. For gallery information call 703-494-0584 or browse:

14 Kingstowne Library 2nd Saturday Book Sale - 10 a.m.

15 Last day to shop

15 Handel, Messiah Sunday, December 15, , 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

20 Winter Sounds. Friday, December 20, 7:30 p.m. First Baptist Church of Woodbridge. Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra (OBCO) will be featuring Winter Sounds, a performance of classic seasonal sounds at the First Baptist Church of Woodbridge. For this event, OBCO will perform Vivaldi’s Winter featuring Sheyna Burt on violin. Also on the program are Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture, and Anderson’s A Christmas Festival.

For ticket prices, times and other details, please follow this link.
General Admission Tickets are $20; children 17 and under attend for free.

22 First Day of Winter.

22 Sing-Along Service of Lessons and Carols at Historic Pohick Episcopal Church Sunday, December 22 at 10:00 AM. Historic Pohick Church, the colonial parish of George Washington and George Mason, will have a Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 22, at 10:00 am. This service originated in Victorian England in the 1880s as “Lesson and Carols: A Festal Service for Christmastide,” as a series of scripture readings interspersed with Advent and Christmas carols, hymns and choral anthems, tracing God’s love from the creation of man and woman in the Garden of Eden, through the annunciation and birth of the Christ Child.

Pohick Church is located at 9301 Richmond Highway in Lorton. Call 703-339-6572 or visit .

24 Christmas Eve Evening services begin at 6:00 PM Tuesday, December 24 –with a Family Holy Eucharist with Children’s Choirs. At 10:30 PM is a Christmas Carol presentation with choir and brass ensemble, followed by the 11:00 PM Festival Holy Eucharist. Pohick Episcopal Church is located at 9301 Richmond Highway in Lorton. Browse: the website at or call 703-339-6572.

25 Christmas Day Wednesday, December 25, At 10:00 AM will be a Christmas Day Holy Eucharist.



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