Around F.C.

Calendar: November 17th – 23rd

Local Events

Thursday, November 17th

Networking Mixer. Join the Chamber of Commerce as they learn more about the local VFW Post 9274. The Post will host the mixer and provide refreshments. There will be an opportunity to speak with the Post’s leadership about the history of the Post and how to become involved in supporting veterans. 7118 Shreve Road, Falls Church. 5:30 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.

Friday, November 18th

2022 Ice & Lights: Winter Village. The Winter Village is open nightly November 18th — January 1st from 5:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m. Ice Skating is open nightly November 18th — January 1st from 5:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m. Located at Cameron Run Regional Park (4001 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria).

Snack & Paint. Whether a beginner or an expert, love snacks or want to get one’s hands dirty with some paint, come on down to the Old Firehouse for their Snack & Paint night. Led by a professional art teacher, one will be able to create their own masterpiece. Located at The Old Firehouse (1440 Chain Bridge Road, McLean). 7:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 19th

Washington Sinfonietta Concert. The Washington Sinfonietta will perform Franz Joseph Haydn’s dramatic Symphony No. 78 in C minor and Jan Voříšek’s stately, energetic Symphony in D Major. The program will also feature Sinfonietta hornist and accomplished soloist Dr. Avery Pettigrew performing Mozart’s virtuosic Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat major. Hosted at The Falls Church Episcopal (115 E Fairfax St., Falls Church). 7:30 p.m.

Flea Market/Holiday Bazaar. Many vendors will be selling — with a variety of antiques and vintage items, from the very impractical (but lovely) to the extremely practical. There will be fine and interesting antique and vintage items, collectibles of all kinds, a stamp and coin dealer, and more. Hosted at 8717 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. 8:00 a.m.

Christmas Bazaar. The annual Christmas bazaar will be held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, November 19th. Open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Local vendors selling Christmas gifts and other products, a bake sale, food and drink bar, live music and a visit from Santa. Free admission. Located at St. John the Beloved Catholic Church (6420 Linway Terrace, McLean).

JBLF 5k & Family Fun Day. The 8th Annual Jennifer Bush-Lawson 5K and Family Fun Day will be raising funds for economically vulnerable women and their babies to receive high-quality maternal and infant care. Join to enjoy favorites like the certified 5K, kids’ fun run, moon bounces, laser tag, rock wall, balloon animals, face painting, and community performances. Hosted at Knights of Columbus (5115 Little Falls Rd., Arlington). 9:00 a.m.

The 8th annual Jennifer Bush-Lawson 5k and family fun day on Saturday, November 19th will help raise funds for economically vulnerable women and their babies (Photo: Kelly Garrity)

Sunday, November 20th

5k/3k Race to Feed the Hungry. Join this November for the 11th Annual SPEND YOURSELF 5K Run/3K Walk. The USATF Certified 5K course is a little something for every level runner. The course also includes a 1 Mile loop for walkers. All participants will receive a race shirt and other promotional items. Hosted at Columbia Baptist Church (103 W. Columbia Street, Falls Church). 8:00 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.

Live Music

Thursday, November 17th

Thrillbillys. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:00 p.m. (703) 241-9504

Tab Benoit. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA) 8:30 p.m. (703) 237-0300

Renowned Louisiana Bayou blues guitarist Tab Benoit continues his year-long 2022 Tour, in concert locally at The State Theater on Thursday, November 17th at 8:00 p.m. Throughout his thirty-plus-year career, Benoit is famous for his guitar tone and his “Otis-Redding-ish” voice, which many say resonates from the speakers of his concerts. (Photo: Kristine Schnacke)

Friday, November 18th

Ladywood. Clare & Don’s Beach Shack (130 N Washington St. Falls Church) 6:00 p.m. (703) 532-9283

Roadducks. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. (703) 241-9504

The Mercenary Band. Solace Outpost (444 W Broad St., Falls Church). 8:00 p.m. (571) 378-1469

James Stevens. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad Street, Falls Church). 9:30 a.m. (703) 237-8333

Saturday, November 19th

Claire Show. Clare & Don’s Beach Shack (130 N Washington St. Falls Church) 6:00 p.m. (703) 532-9283

Cactus Liquors. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. (703) 241-9504

Lez Zeppelin. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA) 9:00 p.m. (703) 237-0300

Theater & Arts

Thursday, November 17th

Pippin. On November 17th through the 19th, Meridian High School is performing “Pippin,” based on the book by Roger O. Hirson and music by Stephen Schwartz. “Pippin” is the story of Prince Pippin as he tries to figure out how to make his life “fulfilling.” The story is a “play-within-a-play” in which a band of players present Pippin’s story and “promise the greatest finale ever seen on stage.” Performed at Meridian High School.

Friday, November 18th

A Christmas Carol. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Running from November 18th— December 31st at Ford’s Theatre.

“If It’s Monday, Then It Must Be Christmas” is a holiday mystery fun production put on by the Sterling Playmakers. The show closes on November 20th and will be performed at the Seneca Ridge Middle School theater at 2:00 p.m. (Photo: Alan Price)

Sunday, November 20th

If It’s Monday, Then It Must Be Christmas. The Sterling Playmakers announces the opening of their holiday mystery fun production of “If It’s Monday, This Must Be Christmas” by Pat Cook. The show closes November 20th, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.. Performances will be held in the theater at Seneca Ridge Middle School, 98 Seneca Ridge Drive, Sterling.