Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, Jan. 10: Winter Wonderland

Kyle's Corner — Winter Series: Children ages 6 to 11 join naturalist Kyle for a fun perspective on nature as he delves into the "winter wonder-pond" with science, outdoor exploration and live animals. From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Six sessions (starting Jan. 10). $36/child. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

 Saturday, Jan. 11: Art to Admire and Acquire

2nd Saturday Art Walk:Tour seven studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists, experience ever-changing exhibits and meet featured artists, all while enjoying light refreshments and music. From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free admission. For information call 703-584-2900.


Also on Saturday:

Sketches in Nature (ages 15-Adult): Drawing can be an important part of keeping a nature journal. Join a park naturalist in the outdoor classroom to learn tips and techniques for adding sketches to your observations. From 10:30 a.m. to noon at Huntley Meadows Park. Participants must be at least age 15. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Jazz Masters with John Eaton: Jazz pianist, musicologist and humorist John Eaton conducts his popular continuing education program with a look at “Irving Berlin – The Founding Father.” Jazz Masters combines Eaton’s peerless knowledge of the Great American Songbook, hilarious commentary and elegant, ultra-tasteful renditions of jazz standards, both popular and obscure. You’ll learn about the composer’s life, writing style and musical hallmarks. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. Free; no reservation required. For information call 703-790-0123.

 Sunday, Jan. 12: Plants from the Pages and Ages

Plants of the Bible and the Quran: Celebrate the plants of the Bible and Quran. Old Dominion University Professor Lytton John Musselman shares fascinating stories of the fruits, grains, grasses, trees, flowers and fragrances of these texts, their uses and literary context. From 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Sunday:

Tea Program Historical Fiction: Facts and falsehoods often vie for belief. Hear all about history in the faking – deliberate hoaxes and accidental myths that have shaped our perceptions of the past. We'll examine famous frauds, fakes and forgeries, and discover why many popular fictions have gained wide acceptance as historical fact. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Historic Green Spring Gardens. $29/person includes a full English afternoon tea. For information or to make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Richard Bland Lee's 251st Birthday: "Be Ever Mindful of the Future" is the motto on the Lee family crest. During your house tour, discover Mr. Lee's important political contributions that showed him to be concerned about the future of our new nation. Stop in the east wing for a piece of birthday cake. From 1 to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. $3.50/adult, $3/student and $2.50/senior or child. Pay at site. For information call 703-437-1794.

The Gizmo Guys: Comedy jugglers Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker have amazed and amused audiences around the world. The Gizmo Guys' rapid-fire act exhilarates and inspires sidesplitting laughter in audience members of all ages. From 2 to 3 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. $15/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

Pooh Bear's Friends' Tea Party: Families enjoy honey, tea and cookies in a Pooh-style tea while learning about Virginia's brown bears and if heffalumps and wuzzles are native to Fairfax County. Bring your favorite stuffed animal to this fun program. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $15/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

  • Information was correct at time of publication.  Please contact individual event sites to confirm programs are being held as scheduled. 
  • The Fairfax County Weekender highlights a selection of county events taking place each weekend. Many more events and activities can be found at the Parks and Library pages, and elsewhere on the Fairfax County website. Additionally, the towns of Herndon and Vienna as well as the city of Falls Church offer many arts, entertainment and recreational opportunities.  
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