Friday, Jan. 14: The Smell of the Greasepaint...
Join the McLean Community Players for a performance of "The
Drowsy Chaperone" and find yourself immersed in the
glamorous, hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her
uproarious wedding day, complete with thrills and surprises
that take both the cast and the audience soaring. 8 p.m.
(Friday and Saturday, Sunday matinee at 3 p.m.) through Jan.
Community Center's Alden Theatre. $19/adults,
$17/students, seniors and McLean District residents. Call
Also on Friday:
The Running Naturalist: If you're a nature lover,
but also want to stay in shape, this is the program for
you. The Hidden Pond Nature Center naturalist will lead 12-
to 15-year-olds on a nature run with quick stops at scenic
locations and for wildlife viewing. $8/person. 3:30 to 5:30
p.m. Hidden Pond Nature Center. Register
online or call 703-222-4664. For more information, call
15: Flying Dragons
Ever wonder how dragonflies can hover, dip and dive through
the air at 40 miles per hour? How many types live in Northern
Virginia? What they eat, who eats them and their courtship
rituals? The answers are surprising — even bizarre! Park
Manager Kevin Munroe will use images he has taken in Fairfax
County and end with a discussion about creating the perfect
dragonfly pond on your own property. $6/person. 4 to 5:30
p.m. Huntley Meadows Visitors
Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Also on Saturday:
Sunday, Jan. 16:
Celebrate MLK Day
Don't miss the MLK
"Blues & BBQ" Dinner Celebration,
featuring Curtis Blues, a preservationist of acoustic Delta
Blues of the 1920s and 1930s. Blues' performance is at once
highly entertaining and a fascinating historical journey
through this deeply American musical genre. Blues plays every
instrument from the steel resonator guitar, to the one-string
Diddly Bo (not to be confused with Bo Diddly). BBQ dinner
catered by The Tender Rib of Temple Hills, MD. 5 to 7 p.m.
$5/adults, $3/ages 10 and under. McLean
Community Center. Register online. Call
Also on Sunday:
Barred Owls Campfire: Enjoy an evening hike and
campfire to learn about owls and meet our resident barred
owl. Then return to a warm campfire to roast marshmallows.
Gather at Cabells Mill for this family program. 6 to 7:30
p.m. $6/person. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.
Register online or call 703-222-4664. For more
information, call 703-631-0013.
Get Fit Challenge: If one of your New Year's
resolutions is to get back in shape, then the Get Fit
Challenge will help you realize that goal. Participate in
as many or as few activities as you like. The full Get Fit
Challenge starts at 8:30 a.m. with a looped trail run (rain
or shine). Find out how many loops around the property you
can complete in 50 minutes. Other activities include an
extreme step challenge and sample classes in yoga, spin,
zumba and more. 8:30 a.m. $5/person. Mount
Vernon RECenter. For more information, call
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
pages, and elsewhere on the Fairfax County website.
A complete list of county calendars is also available
To request this information in an alternate format,
call 703-324-3187, TTY 711.
TTY is 711 unless otherwise indicated.