Entertainment Calendar: Vienna, McLean, Great Falls
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Entertainment Calendar: Vienna, McLean, Great Falls

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Ongoing

”Airness” by Chelsea Marcantel. Now thru Dec. 25. At 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons. When Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she thinks winning will be easy. But as she befriends a group of charismatic nerds all committed to becoming the next champion, she discovers that there's more to this art form than playing pretend; it's about finding yourself and performing with raw joy. Directed by Christina Coakley. A YES Pass is available for high school students to see a season of shows for free. To obtain a pass, email Deidra Starnes at deidrastarnes@1ststage.org or visit the website: www.1stStage.org.

Candy Cane Lane. Now thru Jan. 4. At Oak Marr Mini-Golf, 3200 Jermantown Road, Oakton. Oak Marr’s Mini-Golf Course is being transformed into Candy Cane Lane. Stop by and enjoy the wonderful lights and displays set up to delight visitors of all ages. Walk through and enjoy the display for $2 per person. Play a round of mini golf as you enjoy the display for $7 per person. Call 703-281-6501 or visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/golf/oak-marr/minigolf.

2019 White House Ornaments. The 2019 White House Ornaments are available from the Assistance League of Northern Virginia. White House Ornaments are wonderful for gift giving. This year’s White House Ornament is a “whirlybird” honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States. To purchase, contact Cindy Burgess at burgessgl@verizon.net. Cost per ornament is $22. Proceeds support ALNV’s local children’s programs. Visit the website: www.alnv.org.

Mah Jongg Cards. Order cards through Jan. 15, 2020, from Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland St. 2020 Mah Jongg cards are $8 for small cards and $9 for large cards. Official cards and will be sent directly from the National Mah Jongg League in late March/early April 2020. Go to bit.ly/mahjonggcards2020 or email iva.gresko@gmail.com to order.

Christmas and Holidays

Now thru Dec. 22

Holiday Art Market. Noon to 6 p.m. At 101 Church Street, NW, Vienna. The Vienna Arts Society presents hundreds of original artworks as well as hand-crafted gift items; to include jewelry, silk scarves, pottery, fused glass and more. Free. Market hours are Thursdays - Sundays from noon - 6 p.m. In addition, doors will open during the annual Vienna Church Street Stroll, 5- 9 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2, when the street fills with hundreds celebrating Santa's arrival in town. Visit the website: www.ViennaArtsSociety.org.

Now thru Dec. 24

HGTV's Santa HQ. At Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Kids can explore the wonder of Santa in the digital age with HGTV's Santa HQ at Tysons Corner Center! This holiday, check out the interactive Elf Academy at Santa HQ. You can try on the latest elf looks with Santa’s Magic Mirror, create your very own Elf-ID Card and scan yourself on the Naughty or Nice O'Meter. Plus, new this year, spend less time in line and more time on holiday fun with a Fast Pass. Prices and times vary. Visit the website: www.tysonscornercenter.com/SantaHQ

Now thru Dec. 24
ACS Gift Wrapping. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. At Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. The American Cancer Society volunteers will be offering holiday gift wrapping, located next to Santa Claus Headquarters in the mall, Fashion Court, Level 1. Donations to help fight cancer are welcome. Free. All donations for the gift wrapping go to fight cancer from all angles with the American Cancer Society. Email: shiri.rozenberg@cancer.org or visit the website: www.cancer.org.

Now thru Dec. 23

MBC Christmas Drive-Through Light Show. 7:15-9:30 p.m. At McLean Bible Church, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. The public is invited to drive through the spectacular Drive-Through Light Show set up around the McLean Bible Church Tysons building. Experience the story of Christmas with your family from the comfort of your vehicle. Free Visit the website: mcleanbible.org/christmas

Tuesday/Dec. 31

First Night Alexandria. 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. At venues throughout Old Town Alexandria. This 25th Anniversary Celebration is the largest New Year’s Eve party in the D.C. region that is safe and fun for the entire family and culminates with a fantastic fireworks finale over the Potomac River at midnight. Kids Karnivals: 6 to 9 p.m. at four warm indoor venues in Old Town, Del Ray and the West End. Live Entertainment: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at warm indoor venues throughout Old Town Alexandria. Rockin’ on the River: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Waterfront Park, 1 King St., Alexandria. Midnight fireworks: Potomac River at the foot of King St., Alexandria. All Access Admission: $25 through November 30, 2019; $30 December 1-30, 2019; $35 December 31, 2019; Kids Karnival is $5 for children ages 2-12 and free for parents and infants. Call 703-963-3755 or visit firstnightalexandria.org.

Calendar

Thursday/Dec. 19

Acoustic Autumn Live Music. 6:30-9 p.m. At Blend 111, 111 Church Street, NW, Vienna. Laissez Foure is an acoustic swing quartet playing classics from the ‘30s and ‘40s. The group consists of acoustic bass, swing rhythm guitar, saxophone/clarinet, and trumpet. In the tradition of New Orleans jazz, the quartet emphasizes an acoustic sound when feasible and plays charts by Armstrong, Ellington, Count Basie and others from the era.

Sunday/Dec. 22

Hanukkah Contata. 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. At Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. Acclaimed contemporary composer David Ludwig’s emotionally charged “Hanukkah Cantata” will be performed. Laura Weiss, director of music and arts, will lead the 65-voice Community Chorale and professional orchestra at both the 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services. Everyone is invited to attend. Written in eight movements to commemorate the ancient tradition of Hanukkah, the composition premiered in 2007 at Rodeph Shalom for Choral Arts Philadelphia with funding by the Philadelphia Music Project.The composer integrated Hanukkah songs in their original Hebrew with the narrative taken from scripture and translated into English.Tenor Benjamin Whelan-Morin and Baritone Mark Wanich will be featured soloists. Visit www.uucf.org.

Hot Cocoa Party. 3 to 5 p.m. At Riverbend Park, 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls. Join a park naturalist for an outdoor walk through nature’s winter wonderland and then head inside to treat yourself to a cup of hot cocoa. Jazz up your cocoa with goodies, listen to some heartwarming winter stories, and make a wintry craft to take home. Cost is $15 per person. Call 703-759-9018 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/riverbend.

Winter Walk of Lights. 5:30 p.m. At Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna. Part of the Aging Rainbows group activities.Purchase your tickets at https:// www.novaparks.com/events/winter-walk-of-lights and RSVP for the Aging Rainbows Group via Eventbrite! We will meet those who have a pre purchased ticket and have RSVP’ed in the main lobby at 5:30 p.m.No tickets sold at the door.

Monday/Dec. 23

Old Firehouse Winter Break Trip. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.Trip departs from and returns to The Old Firehouse Center, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean. Teens can watch the latest space battles and character adventures set “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” on this trip to see the latest Star Wars franchise: “The Rise of Skywalker.” Prior to the film, they will start their Jedi training at an indoor trampoline/ninja warrior training facility and enjoy lunch at a nearby hibachi restaurant. Movie tickets, admission and lunch included in the fee. Cost is $60/$50 MCC district residents. Call the Center at 703-790-0123.

Tuesday/Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Services. 4:30-11 p.m. At Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, 1724 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Join Lewinsville Presbyterian Church for one of its three services of worship to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The 4:30 p.m. service is designed for families with life-size puppets telling the story of the nativity. Candlelight Communion Services will be at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. with choirs and handbells. Enjoy music of the season and messages of hope and peace. Call 703-356-7200 or visit

https://www.lewinsville.org/events/christmas-eve-services/

Thursday/Dec. 26

Old Firehouse Winter Break Trip. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Trip departs from and returns to The Old Firehouse Center, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean. Participants can eat, drink and play games at Dave & Buster’s! Buffet lunch and a $25 game card with unlimited arcade game play are included in the fee. Cost is $70/$60 MCC district residents. Call the Center at 703-790-0123.

Friday/Dec. 27

Old Firehouse Winter Break Trip. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Trip departs from and returns to The Old Firehouse Center, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean. Teens will explore all that the one-of-a-kind St. James Entertainment Center facility has to offer: bounce on trampolines, dive into the VR gaming world, test their skills on their ninja warrior and ropes course and enter into the Nerf battle zone. Lunch and admission are included in the fee. Cost is $50/$40 MCC district residents. Call the Center at 703-790-0123.

Saturday/Dec. 28

Christmas Praise Benefit Concert. 3 p.m. At Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2589 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna. The Morehead family will present a concert of Christmas music at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. The concert includes classical works as well as more contemporary songs in addition to Christmas carols that all will sing. The concert is free. An offering will be taken to benefit FACETS.

Monday/Dec. 30

Old Firehouse Winter Break Trip. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Trip departs from and returns to The Old Firehouse Center, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean. Speed lovers will experience a thrill like no other at this state-of-the-art indoor go-karting facility. Lunch and races are included in the fee. Cost is $80/$70 MCC district residents. Call the Center at 703-790-0123.

Saturday/Jan. 4

The Capitol Steps. 7 p.m. At The Alden Theater, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. No one is safe from these political satirists, their up-to-the-minute musical spoofs and (in)famous “Lirty Dies.” Running time: 120 minutes. Tickets are $50/$45 student and senior/$35 MCC tax district residents. Visit www.mcleancenter.org or call 703-790-9223.

Friday/Jan. 10

Free Children’s Workshop. 10-11 a.m. At Green Hedges School, 415 Windover Avenue, NW, Vienna. Green Hedges School, in collaboration with Wolf Trap Foundation’s Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, will host a free interactive program, "Ask Mr. Bear," on the School’s campus. Space is limited. Register at www.greenhedges.org/wolftrap.

Saturday/Jan. 11

Bridge Tournament. Noon to 5 p.m. At Christ the King Lutheran Church, 10550 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. The Rotary Club of Great Falls will host a bridge tournament. This fundraiser will enable girls living in extreme poverty in the slums of India and Nepal to achieve financial independence through customized quality education, vocational training, and college scholarships. Partners and single players are both welcome. The cost is $50 and all proceeds go to fund the education of girls through edugirls.org. To register, visit www.rotarygreatfallsva.org. Registration is open through January 7, 2020.

Ancient to Modern: Oolong Teas. 1-3 p.m. At Colvin Run Mill, 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. This category of semi-oxidized teas is ever expanding with new styles being developed all over the globe. Sample a variety of oolongs from old style to new, from traditional tea producing countries to countries with recently established high quality tea gardens. Tea infused treats and a take home tea sampler included. Cost is $35. Use ID Code AE1.439C. Register at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes or call 703-222-4664.

Wednesday/Jan. 15

McLean Newcomers and Neighbors Luncheon. 11:30 a.m. At Mylo’s Grill, 6238 Old Dominion Dr, McLean. The cost of the luncheon is $30 per person. Clare Cushman of the Supreme Court Historical Society will discuss Supreme Court food traditions and recipes. To attend, pay at https://squareup.com/market/mclean-newcomers-club. Prospective members are invited. No reservations will be accepted after Friday, Jan. 10. Visit www.McLeanNewcomers.org.

Jan. 17-26, 2020

Joshua’s Hands Quilting Event. Location TBA in Purcellville. Joshua's Hands is a non-profit in Loudoun County that hosts free quilting events to support wounded servicepeople. Joshua’s Hands will host 10 days of quilting fun to make handmade quilts for servicemen and women wounded while serving our country. All are welcome. No sewing experience or registration needed. All materials are provided but donations are appreciated. Come for an hour or the day. Monday-Saturdays 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sundays 1-9 p.m. Purcellville. Check website for exact location. Info@JoshuasHands.org, or call 540-454-7827, or visit www.JoshuasHands.org.

Tuesday/Jan. 21

Unique and Spontaneous Floral Designs. 10 a.m. At Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park Street NE, Vienna. The Five Hills Garden Club presents a program titled Unique and Spontaneous Floral Designs with Jeanne Ha, co-founder of DC Metro Flower Design School and co-owner of Park Florist, one of the oldest florists in the DC area. A silent auction of her designs will follow.

Thursday/Jan. 23

Acoustic Autumn Live Music. 6:30-9 p.m. At Blend 111, 111 Church Street, NW, Vienna. Laissez Foure is an acoustic swing quartet playing classics from the ‘30s and ‘40s. The group consists of acoustic bass, swing rhythm guitar, saxophone/clarinet, and trumpet. In the tradition of New Orleans jazz, the quartet emphasizes an acoustic sound when feasible and plays charts by Armstrong, Ellington, Count Basie and others from the era.

Saturday/Jan. 25

Hiplet Ballerinas. 6 p.m. At The Alden Theatre McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Hiplet fuses classical pointe technique with African, Latin, hip-hop and urban dance styles. Performances incorporate many styles including the rhythms of African drums with Tchaikovsky, arabesques with beat-boxing or even tango en pointe—all while showcasing Hiplet's trademark sass, hip movements and struts. Running time: 90 minutes. Cost is $30/$20 MCC tax district residents. Visit www.mcleancenter.org or call 703-790-9223.

Thursday/Jan. 30

Musician Damien Sneed. 7 p.m. At The Alden Theater, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. “We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., featuring Damien Sneed” will arrive at The Alden for one performance. This is the only DMV stop in the 40-city “We Shall Overcome” tour. Sneed is a graduate of Howard University, and he will be joined by the Howard University Gospel Choir. Tickets are $45 for the general public, $25 for seniors and students and $20 for McLean Community Center tax district residents. Visit: www.aldentheatre.org or call 703-790-0123.

Thursday/Feb. 20

Acoustic Autumn Live Music. 6:30-9 p.m. At Blend 111, 111 Church Street, NW, Vienna. Laissez Foure is an acoustic swing quartet playing classics from the ‘30s and ‘40s. The group consists of acoustic bass, swing rhythm guitar, saxophone/clarinet, and trumpet. In the tradition of New Orleans jazz, the quartet emphasizes an acoustic sound when feasible and plays charts by Armstrong, Ellington, Count Basie and others from the era.

Sunday/Feb. 23

Capitol Steps Performance. 7 p.m. At Langley High School Auditorium, 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean. The Capitol Steps will perform with new material for the 2020 election. Tickets cost $37. This is a one-time event and the main fundraiser for the Langley High School Class of 2020 All-Night Grad Party (ANGP). Buy online at

https://form.jotform.com/LangleyPTSA/angp2020.

Saturday/March 10, 2020

Free Black History Concert. 3 p.m. At Historic Pleasant Grove Church, 8700 Lewinsville Road, McLean. Featuring the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices in a free concert celebrating African American musical traditions. This event will take place in a quaint 1895 church setting, now an historic site. For information, see www.HistoricPleasantGrove.org.

Ongoing

Drop-in Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-noon at McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Players should have a basic understanding of the rules and should bring their current American MJ League card. For McLean District residents. Email emvarner@verizon.net for more.

Camp Grow Registration Open. Camp Grow at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, in Vienna, invites children to explore nature through hands-on activities, gardening, discovery walks, crafts, music, storytelling, and animal programs. Camp Grow is designed to engage, challenge, educate and encourage a sense of community. Camp Grow values and encourages inclusion of all campers in every activity. Visit www.novaparks.com/things-to-do/camps/ for more.

The Golden Girls of Northern Virginia, a senior women’s softball league, is looking for players. Any woman over the age of 40 is encouraged to join. All skill levels are welcome. Games are on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings in Vienna, April-October. Other activities during the year. Visit www.goldengirls.org.

Free Tai Chi. Through Oct. 26, Saturdays, 7:55-9 a.m., meet on the outdoor basketball court located directly behind the Dolley Madison Public Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean Central Park, McLean. Introduction and beginners’ practice. All are welcome. Moves indoors for fall and winter. Call 703-759-9141 or visit www.FreeTaiChi.org for more.

Trivia Night. Tuesdays, 7 p.m. at Lost Dog Cafe - McLean, 1690 Anderson Road, McLean. Trivia featuring multiple winners and fun door prizes. Free to play. Visit www.facebook.com/EarthTriviaDc/ for more.

The Freeman Store & Museum Wednesday through Sunday noon-4 p.m. 131 Church St. NE, Vienna. The Freeman Store & Museum is dedicated to Preserving and promoting Vienna’s heritage through the identification, preservation, and interpretation of history significant places, events, and persons. Historicviennainc.org

Bingo Night. Sundays. 4 p.m. Flame Room, Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, 400 Center St. S, Vienna. $10. www.vvfd.org/bingo.html.

Gentle Yoga. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Emmaus United Church of Christ, 900 E Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. Gentle Kundalini Yoga, one free introductory session, senior discounts. Increase flexibility, improve breathing and health, reduce stress. Ravi Kaur has 15 years experience teaching yoga. $15 per session. Visit www.edimprovement.org or call 571-213-3192.

Colvin Run Mill open 11-4 p.m. daily, closed Tuesday. 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. Fairfax County's operational 19th century water powered gristmill, offers recreational and educational activities for all ages through daily tours, school programs and special events. Fees: $7/adult, $6 students 16+ with ID, $5 children & seniors. Admission to park is free except for some special events.