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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 George Orwell's 1984 continues into November. NOVA Woodbridge's fall theatre production of "George Orwell's 1984" takes place at the NOVA Woodbridge Campus' WAS Building Room 139. Recommended donation for seniors, children (under 18) , military, and veterans is $6.00. We recommend everyone else pays $8.00. Cash donations only will be taken at the box office.
The show runs:

Thursday, November 7th,
Friday, November 8th,
Saturday, November 9th at 7:00 PM
Sunday, November 10th at 7:00 PM.

7 Theatre Auditions: I Hate Hamlet. By Paul Rudnick. The Castaways Repertory Theatre announces Auditions for: I Hate Hamlet, Director Sallie Willows. Thursday November 7th, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm; Saturday November 9th, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm. With Callbacks: Tuesday November 12th, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm. The show runs in Mid January to the first weekend in February. Dr. A. J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive Woodbridge. Any questions contact the director at: 703-232-1710 or e-mail:
Andrew Rally seems to have it all: celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich beautiful girlfriend; a glamorous, devoted agent; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. Andrew's series has been canceled; his girlfriend is clinging to her virginity with unyielding conviction; and he has no desire to play Hamlet. When Andrew's agent visits him, she reminisces about her brief romance with John Barrymore many years ago, in Andrew's apartment. This prompts a séance to summon his ghost. From the moment Barrymore returns, dressed in high Shakespearean garb, Andrew's life is no longer his own. Barrymore, fortified by champagne and ego, presses Andrew to accept the part and fulfill his actor's destiny. The action becomes more hilarious with the entrance of Andrew's deal-making friend from LA, spouting the laid-back hype of the Coast and offering Andrew a fabulous new TV deal worth millions of dollars. The laughs are nonstop as Andrew wrestles with his conscience, Barrymore, his sword, and the fact that he fails as Hamlet in Central Park.
CRT is a community theatre, there is no pay involved. The Castaways Repertory Theatre is a volunteer organization, a member of the Prince William County Arts Council, NVTA (formerly the Northern Virginia Theatre Alliance) and WATCH (the Washington Area Theatre Community Honors), Prince William County Chamber of Commerce. Partial funding is provided by a grant from Prince William County.

9 “WINGS” celebrates Boling’s passion for painting birds…..pretty birds and not-so-pretty birds. The Meet-The-Artist-Reception is Saturday, November 9, 1:00-4:00pm at The Loft Gallery. She finds challenge in bringing out their individuality, their essence, and in a way their “voice”. Boling offers her viewers intimate portraits and glimpses into some typical behaviors of her feathered muses. Boling is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. An award-winning artist, she has exhibited in many juried and solo shows in the metro area, New York City, and the international competition, Birds in Art. Her work is held in museum and private collections across the country, Europe, and South America.

You can always see her artwork at The Loft Gallery and in her studio at The Loft Art Center at the same address. Or, visit The Loft Gallery and Facebook Page, The Loft Gallery of Occoquan, LLC. call The Loft 703-490-1117

10 Shifting of the Seasons. The Artists’ Undertaking Gallery in Historic Occoquan, presents “Shifting of the Seasons”, an art exhibit featuring Oil Paintings by Cierra Brown of Woodbridge, Mixed Media by Lauren Jacobs of Manassas, Water Colors by Mary Rose Janya of Springfield, and Jewelry by Tyler Kulenguski of Annandale. A Meet the Artists Reception will be held on Sunday, November 10, from 1 to 4 pm. The exhibit runs November 5 through December 2. The gallery is open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily (except major holidays), and is located at 309 Mill Street in Historic Occoquan. For more information contact the gallery at 703-494-0584 or at

16 SAR Grave Marking. Saturday, November 16, Noon. The George Washington Chapter, Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution, will be honoring three chapter compatriots interred at the Pohick Episcopal Church Cemetery, 9301 Richmond Highway, Lorton. The three compatriots are Robert Armstrong, Scott Crampton, and Robert Duncan. The public is welcome to this solemn ceremony honoring these men. Contact Paul Walden, George Washington Chapter, Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution, phone 703-346-2091, email See story.

19 DNA for Adoptees and an Update on DNA Testing. Tuesday, November 19, 1-3 pm, presentation at the monthly meeting of the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society by award-winning author and DNA Expert Shannon Combs-Bennett, who will speak about her latest book "The DNA Guide for Adoptees," as well as real-life examples of how to merge DNA and genealogical research. 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

21 Historic Pohick Church Christmas Mart, Thursday, November 21 1 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 browse or call 703-339-6572. CRT is a community theatre, there is no pay involved. The Castaways Repertory Theatre is a volunteer organization, a member of the Prince William County Arts Council, NVTA (formerly the Northern Virginia Theatre Alliance) and WATCH (the Washington Area Theatre Community Honors), Prince William County Chamber of Commerce. Partial funding is provided by a grant from Prince William County.


21 Radium Girls, Playing at South County H.S. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:pm. Painting radium dials is making the girls sick. The corporation is trying to cover it up. General Admission is $12.


28 Happy Thanksgiving.



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

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.


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