Friday, 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
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
Saturday, 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
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