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Sun, January 8                       2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Second Sunday Program -Educating Freedmen in Fairfax County During Reconstruction
Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, 10209 Main Street, Fairfax

Debbie Robison, historian and member of the Fairfax County History Commission, will share her research on the 15 schools established from 1864-68 for African American students.   Also, historian and author Page Johnson will share his findings on the Society of Friends school at Fairfax Court House and the teacher’s marriage to a Fairfax native. For more information: call (703) 385-8414.  Light refreshments.

Mon, January 9           10:30AM
Funday Monday - 
Story Time & Crafts
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax 703-385-7858
www.fairfaxarts.org

Join the City of Fairfax every Monday morning at 10:30am for Funday Monday!!! Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.  Funday Monday will offer a variety of children’s activities and entertainment in Old Town Hall.  FREE and open to the public.  Donations are gratefully appreciated. There is ample FREE parking in the downtown area. 

Thu, January 12         10:30AM – 2:30PM
Art and Lunch
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax

The Fairfax Art League will be hosting an Art & Lunch event at Old Town Hall, from 10:30am - 2:30pm.  Bring lunch and enjoy the company of other artists.  Free and open to the public. New members welcome.  Please visit the Fairfax Art League on Facebook or at www.fairfaxartleague.net or call 703-587-9481.

Fri, January 13          7PM
Family Fun Movie Nights – Finding Dory
Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax 703-385-7858

Looking for something FREE and fun for your family to do on a Friday night?!?  How about a family-friendly movie on the new state-of-the-art big screen?  Each movie is rated PG.  An adult must accompany anyone under the age of 14.

“Britepaths” Food Drive at Family Fun Nights.  Britepaths is a volunteer-based organization that identifies and addresses the unmet fundamental needs of Fairfax area residents.  Food can be dropped off at the Sherwood Center on the evening of the Family Fun Nights between 7pm – 9pm.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Fri, January 13          8PM
The Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series
D’Amore Duo
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, FairfaX 703-385-7858
www.fairfaxarts.org

The Old Town Hall Performance Series is sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.  Second and fourth Fridays.  All performances are free and open to the public.

D’Amore Duo, Classical Guitar & Oboe
Founded in 1991 to investigate the little known wealth of chamber music for oboe and guitar, the D’Amore Duo has toured internationally and domestically to enthusiastic reviews.

The Duo has released three critically-claimed recordings, and performed at such venues as St. Martin in the Fields in London, the Yale Centre for British Art, the National Cathedral, the Arts Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Spanish Institute in New York, the Smithsonian Institution, and live on ABC International Radio out of Sydney, Australia.

They have twice been winners of the Baltimore Chamber Music Awards Competition.

Composers who have written pieces for the Duo include Ronald Pearl, Albert Harris, Richard Greene, Stephen Gerber, Jose Manuel Lezcano, Marcos Vinicius, Marcelo Ferraris, Jean Chatillon, Dimitris Kapsomenos, and the multi-talented actor/musician Michael Moriarty.

The Washington Post referred to the Duo as a “perfect partnership of sound” and lauded their performance as “one of the most uniquely satisfying concerts of the season.

Thu, January 19 12PM - 1PM
Friday Morning Music Club
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax
www.fmmc.org

Friday Morning Music Club, Inc. is a community of music lovers and musicians dedicated to promoting classical music throughout the metropolitan area.  On the third Thursday of the month they host their performances at Old Town Hall.  Free and open to the public.

Mon, January 23                   10:30AM
Funday Monday - 
Movement Mondays
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax 703-385-7858
www.fairfaxarts.org

Join the City of Fairfax every Monday morning at 10:30am for FunDay Monday!!! Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.  FunDay Monday will offer a variety of children’s activities and entertainment in Old Town Hall.  FREE and open to the public.  Donations are gratefully appreciated. There is ample FREE parking in the downtown area. 

Fri, January 27          8PM
The Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series
Georgetown Quintet
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax 703-385-7858
www.fairfaxarts.org

The Old Town Hall Performance Series is sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.  Second and fourth Fridays.  All performances are free and open to the public.

Georgetown Quintet, Woodwind Quintet
TGQ dares to go where other quintets never go. This group commissions new works and plays them alongside classic works before varied audiences -- including some that have never experienced live chamber music.

Nominated for a Washington Area Music Award as Best Chamber Ensemble of 2009, TGQ has entertained audiences at Strathmore Mansion, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, the Benning Neighborhood Library in Washington, DC and Black Rock Center in Germantown, MD.

Individual artists of The Georgetown Quintet have performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Delaware Symphony, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, and Ray Charles.

Sat, January 28          12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Art & Lunch
Village Gallery, 3950 University Dr, Fairfax

The Fairfax Art League will be hosting an Art & Lunch event at the Village Gallery, from 12:00-3:00pm.  Bring lunch and enjoy the company of other artists.  Free and open to the public. New members welcome.  Please visit the Fairfax Art League on Facebook or at www.fairfaxartleague.net or call 703-587-9481.

Sat, January 28          2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

“The CSS Shenandoah and the Last Shot of the Civil War”
Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax

Local author William Connery will tell the story of the Confederate Navy’s last ship, the CSS Shenandoah.  Book sale and signing of Civil War books.  For more information call (703) 591-0560.  Light refreshments.

Sat. January 28                      7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Artist Reception
Village Gallery, 3950 University Dr, Fairfax

The Fairfax Art League will be hosting an Artist Reception at the Village Gallery, from 7:00-9:00pm.  Please visit the Fairfax Art League on Facebook or at www.fairfaxartleague.net or call 703-587-9481. 

Mon, January 30                   10:30AM
Funday Monday 
Stop, Drop, & Roll Puppet Show
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax 703-385-7858
www.fairfaxarts.org

Join the City of Fairfax every Monday morning at 10:30am for Funday Monday!!! Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.  Funday Monday will offer a variety of children’s activities and entertainment in Old Town Hall.  FREE and open to the public.  Donations are gratefully appreciated. There is ample FREE parking in the downtown area.

Fri, February 3           2:00 – 5:00 PM (option to bring a book and read from 5:00–5:30pm)
Early Release LEGO Workshop!
Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax
Ages: 6–11 years
Instructor: Peg Weis

Spend your afternoon having a great time building and playing with thousands of specialty pieces and dozens of mini figures. Fee: $30/day.  Registration Forms are available in office or online at www.fairfaxva. gov/parksrec.  For more information email parksrec@fairfaxva.gov or call 703-385-1695. 

February 4 & 5, 2017
Chocolate Lovers Festival
Historic Downtown Fairfax, VA

This delicious festival features two days of chocolate celebration. Among the events planned each year are the Taste of Chocolate, where chocolate vendors sell their wares to taste and purchase; the Chocolate Challenge, an arts extravaganza where the medium is chocolate; the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, featuring chocolate chip pancakes; children’s activities; Chocolate Covered Fairytales; open house at historic buildings, and much more. Some events require a small fee while other events are free to all visitors. The schedule is subject to change. Please visit www.chocolatefestival. net for a current schedule of activities or call 703-3857858 for more information.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Saturday, February 4, 2017
8:00am–1:00pm  Pancake Breakfast, Fire Station 3
10:00am–5:00pm  Chocolate Challenge, TBA
10:00am–5:00pm  Taste of Chocolate, Old Town Hall
10:00am–3:00pm  The Historical Archives, Historic Fairfax Court House
10:30am  Fire Safety Puppet Show, Fairfax City Regional Library
11:00am  Chocolate Caper Mock Trial, Historic Fairfax Court House
12:30pm  So you think you’re smarter than a Lawyer, Historic Fairfax Court House
2:00pm  Kaydee Puppets, Chocolate-dipped Tales, Fairfax City Regional Library
2:30pm  Chocolate Caper Mock Trial, Historic Fairfax Court House
3:30pm  Music with Cody & BJ, Be our Valentine, Fairfax City Regional Library
Open Houses: Fairfax Museum, 9:00am–5:00pm Ford House, 10:00am–4:00pm Legato School, 10:00am–4:00pm Ratcliffe-Allison House, 12:00pm–4:00pm 

Sunday, February 5, 2017
12:00pm–4:00pm  Taste of Chocolate*, Old Town Hall
12:00pm–4:00pm  Chocolate Challenge, TBA
2:00pm  Chocolate-Covered Fairy Tales, Fairfax City Regional Library
3:30pm  Jonathan Austin, Magic and Juggling, Fairfax City Regional Library
Open Houses: Fairfax Museum, 9:00am–5:00pm Legato School, 12:00pm–4:00pm Ratcliffe-Allison House, 12:00pm–4:00pm
*Doors close 30 minutes prior to end time. 

Mon, February 6                   10:30 AM
Funday Monday - 
Mr. Skip: Fun & Songs
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax 703-385-7858
www.fairfaxva.gov/culturalarts

Join the City of Fairfax every Monday morning at 10:30am for Funday Monday!!! Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.  Funday Monday will offer a variety of children’s activities and entertainment in Old Town Hall.  There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts, and more!  It is open to children of all ages, however especially for those who haven’t yet started school! Programs are FREE and open to the public, donations are gratefully appreciated. There is ample FREE parking in the downtown area, and stroller access at the rear of Old Town Hall on Main St.

Thu, February 9         10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Art and Lunch
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax

The Fairfax Art League will be hosting an Art & Lunch event at Old Town Hall, from 10:30am - 2:00pm.  Bring lunch and enjoy the company of other artists.  Free and open to the public. New members welcome.  Please visit the Fairfax Art League on Facebook or at www.fairfaxartleague.net or call 703-587-9481. 

Thu, February 9         7:00 – 9:00 PM
Artist Reception
Village Gallery, 3950 University Dr, Fairfax

The Fairfax Art League will be having a reception at the Village Gallery, from 7 - 9pm.  Come enjoy refreshments, meet the featured artist and be a part of your local artist community.  Free and open to the public. New members welcome.  Please visit the Fairfax Art League on Facebook or at www.fairfaxartleague.net or call 703-587-9481.

Fri, February 10         8:00 PM
The Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series
Three for a Show Ragtime Piano & Vocalists
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax 703-385-7858
www.fairfaxva.gov/culturalarts

The Old Town Hall Performance Series is sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.  The performances begin at 8:00 PM October through April, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month (except Government holidays).  All performances are free and open to the public.  Please come early as there are no booked tickets and it is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Pianist extraordinaire, Alex Hassan, recreates the styles of the golden age of 1920s/30s Tin Pan Alley; sublime, acclaimed East Coast based tenor Doug Bowles is a versatile performer who brings the songs of the era to life with humor and heart. Add a talented soprano and you get THREE FOR A SONG! 

An "outstandingly talented" trio, according to Michael Feinstein, THREE FOR A SONG, with soprano Karin Paludan, performed to standing ovations at venues such as the Kennedy Center Jazz Club and the Library of Congress and was recently featured on NPR's All Things Considered with Robert Siegel. 

The current trio, with soprano Iyona Blake, presents a delightful program of recently discovered, never performed, breathtaking melodies from stage and film of the 1930's; with clever lyrics, bouncy rhythms, and hot tempos. Woven between the songs, you'll hear hilarious, heart warming and surprising anecdotes about the songs and songwriters, with listeners left to wonder how on earth these melodies didn't become standards! 

Sat, February 11        8:00 PM
Beethoven’s Triple
GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall
Christopher Zimmerman, conductor

PROGRAM
Corigliano: Elegy for Orchestra
Beethoven: Triple Concerto
Nurit Bar-Josef, violin, Amit Peled, cello, Alon Goldstein, piano
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5

2017 marks the beginning of our 60th Anniversary Celebration. The FSO rings in the new year by featuring the extraordinarily talented trio: National Symphony Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef; renowned cellist Amit Peled; and FSO audience favorite Alon Goldstein, who performed Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto with the orchestra last season. 

Sun, February 12        2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Second Sunday Program - “African American Schools and Desegregation”
Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, 10209 Main Street, Fairfax
Free Program.  For additional information call (703) 385-8414.

Mon, February 13       10:30 AM
Funday Monday - Story Time & Crafts
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax 703-385-7858
www.fairfaxva.gov/culturalarts

Join the City of Fairfax every Monday morning at 10:30am for Funday Monday!!! Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.  Funday Monday will offer a variety of children’s activities and entertainment in Old Town Hall.  There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts, and more!  It is open to children of all ages, however especially for those who haven’t yet started school! Programs are FREE and open to the public, donations are gratefully appreciated. There is ample FREE parking in the downtown area, and stroller access at the rear of Old Town Hall on Main St.

Thu, February 16       12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Friday Morning Music Club
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax
www.fmmc.org

Friday Morning Music Club, Inc. is a community of music lovers and musicians dedicated to promoting classical music throughout the metropolitan area.  On the third Thursday of the month they host their performances at Old Town Hall.  Free and open to the public. 

Sun, February 19        3:00 PM
“Winter Concert” – Northern Virginia Youth Winds
WT Woodson High School, 9525 Main Street, Fairfax, VA
Northern Virginia Youth Winds
Conductor: Denny Stokes
Northern Virginia Junior Winds 
Conductor: Linda Gammon

Free concert, no tickets required. Visit fairfaxband.org or call 571-336-CFBA (2322) for more information. 

Mon, February 20      9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (option to bring a book and read from 8:30–9:00am and/or 5:00– 5:30pm)
Student Holiday LEGO Camp!
Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax
Ages: 6–11 years
Instructor: Peg Weis

Build with thousands of specialty pieces, dozens of mini figures and rotating themes: Star Wars, Harry Potter, Ninjago, Lord of the Rings, MINECRAFT, Pirates, Trolls Mountain Fortress, LEGO Emporium, Pharaoh’s Quest, and The LEGO Movie. Design puzzles, create math sculptures, test velocity, resistance, and buoyancy. Fee: $70/day.  Registration Forms are available in office or online at www.fairfaxva. gov/parksrec.  For more information email parksrec@fairfaxva.gov or call 703-385-1695.

Fri, February 24         6:00 – 8:45 PM
Angry Birds Event & Movie
Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax 703-385-7858

Nothing to do on Feb 24th?!? When pigs fly! Have an explosively good time at the Angry Birds Event and Movie! Games, crafts, activities and more will make for a night where you won’t go home angry! Have an eagle eye for detail? With our arts and crafts table you can make your bird in your hand worth more than 2 in the bush. Go hog wild with our pig destruction games. Don’t let your friends ruffle your feathers. Pig out on the dinner and snacks that will be provided. This event is sure to be a blast so don’t be the bird brain who misses out! It will not be a bore! Free screening of the Angry Birds Movie. The early bird gets the…pig by signing up today! The ‘bill’ for this event is $15/ per person 

Fri, February 24         7:00 PM
Family Fun Movie Nights – Angry Birds
Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax
703-385-7858
Looking for something FREE and fun for your family to do on a Friday night?!?  How about a family-friendly movie on the new state-of-the-art big screen?  Each movie is rated PG.  An adult must accompany anyone under the age of 14.

“Britepaths” Food Drive at Family Fun Nights.  Britepaths is a volunteer-based organization that identifies and addresses the unmet fundamental needs of Fairfax area residents.  Food can be dropped off at the Sherwood Center on the evening of the Family Fun Nights between 7pm – 9pm.  Thank you in advance for your support. 

Fri, February 24         8:00 PM
The Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series
Ismar Gomes & Wan-Chi Su Cello & Piano
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax 703-385-7858
www.fairfaxva.gov/culturalarts

The Old Town Hall Performance Series is sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.  The performances begin at 8:00 PM October through April, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month (except Government holidays).  All performances are free and open to the public.  Please come early as there are no booked tickets and it is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Cellist Ismar Gomes and pianist Wan-Chi Su, each an award-winning artist and accomplished chamber musician, will present a duo recital.

Award winning cellist, Ismar Gomes, performs across the US and Europe as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Hailed for his “impressive virtuosity, energy, and a handsome tonal range” (Berkshire Review), Mr. Gomes has established himself as a captivating young artist with a commanding voice and a growing reputation for delivering exciting performances and innovative programming.

Taiwanese pianist Wan-Chi Su enjoys an active career as a solo and chamber musician, performing to great acclaim at venues throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. From a young age she has won prizes at national and international piano competitions, and in 2013 she received both the Grace Clagett Ranney Prize in Chamber Music and the Clara Ascherfeld Award in Accompanying from the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore.

Sat, February 25        12:00 – 3:00 PM
Art and Lunch
Village Gallery, 3950 University Dr, Fairfax

The Fairfax Art League will be hosting an Art & Lunch event at the Village Gallery, from 10:30am - 2:00pm.  Bring lunch and enjoy the company of other artists.  Free and open to the public. New members welcome.  Please visit the Fairfax Art League on Facebook or at www.fairfaxartleague.net or call 703-587-9481. 

Sat, February 25        2:00 – 4:00 PM
“A Slave No More: Lewis Lee of Fairfax Court House”
Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax

Retired educator Wes Boutchard will unfold the incredible story of a mulatto slave related to Blenheim’s Willcoxon family, his escape from slavery and the choices he made as a free man. (703) 591-6728.  Light refreshments.

Sun, February 26        3:00 PM,  5:00 PM
American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras

AYCO & AYSO in Concert
Sibelius, Finlandia
Liszt, Les Preludes
Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax
www.aypo.org

AYPO is a youth orchestra program that serves approximately 400 students in the Greater Washington D.C. Metro area. We strive to provide excellent instruction to the next generation of music leaders and educators. Students receive training from esteemed coaches and conductors, perform in small ensembles for master classes in our Chamber Ensemble Program, and give back to the music community. In the midst of our 52nd season, we look forward to new opportunities and areas of growth. 

Sun, February 26        4:00 PM

“Into the Joy of Spring!”  - Main Street Community Band
Lanier Middle School, 3801 Jermantown Road, Fairfax
fairfaxband.org

Winter in Fairfax! Falling snowflakes, pristine winter landscapes, children riding on sleds—scenes that bring back memories of the joy and beauty of winters past and present. As March approaches, though, our thoughts turn to spring and that first warm day after a long winter. Come join us as we bid a musical farewell to the cold and turn our attention to the joys of spring!  Visit fairfaxband.org or a call 571-336-CFBA (2322) for more information.

Mon, February 27       10:30 AM
Funday Monday - 
Movement Monday
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax 703-385-7858
www.fairfaxva.gov/culturalarts

Join the City of Fairfax every Monday morning at 10:30am for Funday Monday!!! Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.  Funday Monday will offer a variety of children’s activities and entertainment in Old Town Hall.  There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts, and more!  It is open to children of all ages, however especially for those who haven’t yet started school! Programs are FREE and open to the public, donations are gratefully appreciated. There is ample FREE parking in the downtown area, and stroller access at the rear of Old Town