Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, Jan. 17: Cover Up!

Basic Gardening – Ground Covers: Are you finding it hard to grow or maintain a lawn? Have excessively wet or dry areas, slopes or deep shade? Try ground covers! They are low maintenance, spread quickly and return each year. Learn about ground covers as a solution to difficult areas. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Friday:

MLK Day Celebration – Andrew Young: Before Andrew Young was a congressman, a United Nations ambassador and the mayor of Atlanta, he was a trailblazer. He confronted segregation with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and was a key strategist and negotiator during the civil rights campaigns that resulted in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Reflecting on his experiences during the civil rights movement, Andrew Young will inspire and challenge you to continue to push toward peace and justice throughout the world. From 8 to 9 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. $20/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

 Saturday, Jan. 18: Pop Goes the Corn

Garden Sprouts: It's Snowing Popcorn!A popcorn party for children ages 3 to 5. Learn where this healthful food comes from, sing corny songs, play some popcorn games and string a popcorn garland to feed the birds in your yard. From 11 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens. $6/child. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Saturday:

Uno, Dos, Tres Con Andres: Sing and move with music and dance from Latin America. From 11 a.m. to noon at Reston Regional Library. Free. Register online. For information call 703-689-2700.

Family Fun – Popcorn Day: Learn the botany and history of corn and the Native American legends surrounding this American food. Taste some varieties of popcorn, learn how to prepare it at home and play some popcorn games. From 1 to 2 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Ice Making in 19th-Century Fairfax: Before there were refrigerators, there was ice! Learn how ice was harvested and stored on Walney Farm in the 19th century. Make and eat ice cream. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Please be sure to register an adult with your child. $8/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Ballroom Social Dance: Put on your dancing shoes and join the monthly Ballroom Social Dance featuring complimentary refreshments and a cash bar. All skill levels welcome! Arrive early for a 30-minute mini-lesson on the bolero from 7:30 to 8 p.m. The social dance is led by a professional ballroom instructor from 8 to 10:30 p.m. in the McGuire-Woods Gallery (second floor of W-16), Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person (Ballroom Social) and $5/person (mini-lesson). Mini-lesson tickets sold only at the door. Ballroom Social Dance tickets may be purchased online, by phone or at the door. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Sunday, Jan. 19: History in the Making

Smithsonian – Archives of American Gardens: Be a part of history. Discover how the Smithsonian is conserving American garden history with over 60,000 photographs and documents and how you can participate. Smithsonian Gardens' Cindy Brown will share the interesting work that is being done and how you can help with the Mystery Gardens Initiative and your own garden tales. From 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Sunday:

Cool Comedy Presents Ben Kronberg: Ben has performed on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," "Last Call With Carson Daly" and the third season of "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show" on Comedy Central. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. Ages 18 and up. $10/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

  • 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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