Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, Jan. 13: Digging Deep

Want to garden but think it is too expensive? Master Gardeners share creative ways for beginning gardeners to stretch their dollars while creating beautiful ornamental gardens and productive vegetable gardens in "Basic Gardening: Garden on a Shoestring." Discover inexpensive or free sources for plants and items to beautify your garden. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-642-5173.

Saturday, Jan. 14: It's Electric!

Make sure to catch  "Miss Electricity" as it debuts at the Studio 3 Theatre for Young Audiences. Ten-year-old Violet is determined to show the world, not to mention the cool kids at school, just how special she is. With the help of her assistant Freddy she sets out to break a world record, but becomes accidentally extraordinary when she's struck by lightning -- twice -- and gains control over all things electric. Violet zaps her way through circuits, bullies and tests, but could lose everything when the power goes to her head.  10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Through Feb. 25.) Workhouse Arts Center. $12/adults, $8/children 11 and younger. For information call 703-495-0001.

Also on Saturday:

Flying Dragons: Ever wonder how dragonflies can hover, dip, dive and zoom at 40 mph through the air? How many species live in Northern Virginia? What they eat, who eats them and what kind of courtship they have? The answers are all bizarre and surprising. You won’t want to miss this colorful presentation, featuring a slideshow made up entirely of photos taken in Fairfax County, and a discussion on creating the perfect dragonfly pond on your own property. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-768-2525.

Capitol Steps: Don't miss this beloved group of political satirists' return to McLean. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, "Desperate Housemembers." They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their "Politics Takes a Holiday" radio specials. Putting the "mock" in democracy since 1981. 2 p.m. McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre. $45/person ($35/McLean Community Center tax district residents.) For information call 703-790-0123.

Second Saturday Art Walk: Showcasing the diverse work of more than 100 visual artists in a unique historic venue, creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of this creative community. Tour seven unique studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists, buy original works of art, experience ever-changing exhibitions and meet featured artists, all while enjoying light refreshment and music. 6 to 9 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center.  Free.  For information call 703-495-0001.

Snake and Turtle Feeding: Enjoy a brief presentation and demonstration by animal caretakers, including feeding of a snake, two turtles and a toad. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Participants age 4 and above are welcome. 2 to 3 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-941-1065.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight: Join a naturalist in looking for flying squirrels at roosting boxes during evening hours. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. Participants age 4 and above are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065. 

Sunday, Jan. 15: Celebrating the Dream

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. King at the Ninth Annual McLean Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. The event will include performances by the renowned Richmond Boys Choir and the exciting Pan Afrikan Drill dance performing company, Taratibu Youth Association. A reception will follow in the Community Hall. Guest speaker is Dr. Ed Jackson, executive architect of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Foundation Project, Inc. 3 to 5 p.m. McLean Community Center. $5/adults, $3/children 10 and under.  Tickets for the celebration are available at The McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre Box Office. For more information call 703-790-0123.

Also on Sunday:

250th Birthday of Richard Bland Lee: "Be Ever Mindful of the Future" is the motto on the Lee family crest. During an afternoon tour of the Lee estate, enjoy birthday cake and discover the important contributions Lee made during his impressive political career. 1 to 4 p.m. Sully Historic Site. $3.50/adult, $3/student and $2.50/senior or child. Program will be canceled for inclement weather. For information call 703-437-1794.

  • 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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