Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, Jan. 21: The Play's the Thing

Start your weekend at the theater, as the Spot-Lyte Company presents "End Days." Sixteen-year-old Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father hasn't changed out of his pajamas since 9/11. Her mother has begun a close, personal relationship with Jesus. Her new neighbor, a 16-year-old Elvis impersonator, has fallen for her hard. And the Apocalypse is coming Wednesday. Her only hope is that Stephen Hawking will save them all. 8 p.m. (Also Jan. 22 and 28-29.) Workhouse Arts Center. $15/non-members, $12/members. Call 703-495-0001.

Also on Friday:

  • Little Acorns: Preschool children 2 to 3 years old and their adults begin sharing the wonders of nature in this interactive program. Stories, activities and, weather permitting, an outside exploration will stimulate children's natural curiosity. 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. or 11 to 11:45 a.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. For reservations, call 703-941-1065.

  • Ponderings-Springs, Seeps and Swamps: Sure they may still be frozen, but what better time to take a look for them, and perhaps see what is going on under the ice. Just getting out in the forest is fun enough! Children ages 6 to 10 are invited to explore the woods. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, Jan. 22: ...Was His Name-O!

Enjoy a family fun-filled afternoon of bingo, win awesome kid-friendly prizes, play guessing games, enjoy light refreshments and more. It's a great way for families to spend quality time together! Space is limited, advance registration is recommended. 2:30 to 4 p.m. $10/person ($5/McLean District residents). McLean Community Center. Register online. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

Also on Saturday:

  • Winter Chores at the Slave Quarter: Cold weather meant less outside work during January and February, but chores done by the slave community at Sully Historic Site still carried on. It was the season to catch up on work left undone during the growing season and to patch and mend in anticipation of planting time. Learn about mending and making shoes, darning stockings, sharpening and repairing tools. 1 to 3 p.m. $6/adults, $5/students, $4/seniors, children. Sully Historic Site. Call 703-437-1794.

 Sunday, Jan. 23: Trees Glorious Trees

Tree Essentials is the subject of this installment of the Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series. Everything you always wanted to know about trees, but were afraid to ask. Arborist and author Richard Murray, aided by samples, presents a fresh look at trees. Learn why trees have been so successful and how we can help preserve them. 5 to 7 p.m. $10/person. Green Spring Gardens Park Register online or call 703-222-4664. Call 703-642-5173 for details.

Also on Sunday:

  • Birding for Beginners: Winter is a great time to begin birding. Discuss field guides and optics, and then take a walk to look for resident birds. 8 to 10:30 a.m. $6/person. Huntley Meadows Park. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

    • 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.

    • A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
    • To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711.
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