Fairfax County Weekender


Theater LightsFriday, Jan. 27: To Dream the Impossible Dream

The Tony Award-winning " Man of La Mancha" opens at the Alden Theatre this weekend, courtesy of the McLean Community Players. Inspired by "Don Quixote," this beloved musical tells the story of the "mad" knight Quixote. It is a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. 8 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays through Feb. 11.)McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre. $20/person ($18/seniors, students and residents of the MCC Tax District.) For information call 703-790-0123.

Also on Friday:

Basic Gardening: Less Lawn is More: Tired of spending money to maintain that lush expanse of turf grass? Want to spice up your landscape while decreasing maintenance? Master Gardeners present basic principles of decreasing turf area and discuss plant selection for interest, location and season. 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.

Bird on branchSaturday, Jan. 28: A Bird in the Hand

Park manager and Audubon Society programmer Kevin Munroe shares his secrets in Bird Feeding and Gardening, including best feeders, seeds, birdbaths, native plants, landscape techniques and problem solving. Discuss them all, plus the best way to deal with pesky squirrels! Learn how to plant for each season and take home a list of native plants for every month of the year. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Also on Saturday:

Puppet Festival: Enjoy performances of "The Emperor's New Clothes" featuring a big, pink pig in the role of emperor, and "Smart and Small Conquers All," offering stories from around the globe about how even the small and timid can have a big impact on the world. Plus create your own puppet to take home! Registration required. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. McLean Community Center. $10/person.  For information call 703-790-0123.

Tea Basics Seminar: Find out about different tea types and their origins, cultures and health benefits. See, smell and taste a variety from the four tea groups – black, oolong, green and white – accompanied by delicious ethnic finger foods. Learn proper brewing methods and the classifications used in the tea business. Take home samples of unusual teas and blends to broaden your palate. This workshop will inform and entertain tea aficionados and novice tea-drinkers alike. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $45/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-7987.

Sunday, Jan. 29: Chocoholics Unite!

Calling all chocolate lovers! Come share an afternoon of chocolate decadence at the inaugural McLean Chocolate Festival.  Candy, cakes, cookies, ice cream, cupcakes – if you can make it out of chocolate you can find it at the festival. Taste the specialties of area chocolatiers. Enjoy fun and games for the whole family. A portion of all proceeds support local community organizations. 12 to 5 p.m. McLean Community Center. $1/person.  For information call 703-790-0123.

Also on Sunday:

Native Plants for Diverse Landscapes: Many native plants can contribute to the diversity and beauty of landscapes. Broaden your knowledge of underused native plants and rediscover some old favorites that deserve continued use with Mt. Cuba Director Richard Lewandowski. Meet the speaker and enjoy refreshments. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Winter Tree ID Walk: Join a naturalist on a 1 1/2-mile hike focusing on the sometimes difficult task of identifying trees in winter by examining bark, buds and other characteristics. It’s not as hard as you might think! Adults and children age 8 and above. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Call 703-528-5406 to make a reservation or for more information.

  • 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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