Feb. 1: Rock On
McLean Community Players present Next to Normal,
their version of the show that won three 2009 Tony Awards
including Best Original Score. When it premiered,
Rolling Stone said, “Rock is alive and rolling like thunder
in Next to Normal. It’s the best musical of the
season by a mile…an emotional powerhouse with a fire in its
soul and a wicked wit that burns just as fiercely.” Suitable
for ages 15 and up. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.;
Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Feb. 1-16. Alden
Theatre at the McLean Community Center. $20/person;
$18/seniors and students. Buy tickets online.
For information call 703-790-0123.
Feb. 2: All that Jazz
The most sung, yet unsung, hero of the American Songbook,
Harold Arlen, composed some of jazz’s most unforgettable
songs. At “Howard Arlen, the Wonderful Wizard of Song”
pianist, scholar and humorist John Eaton will
introduce you to the man behind such classics as “It’s Only a
Paper Moon,” “Stormy Weather,” “Blues in the Night,” “That
Old Black Magic,” “Come Rain or Come Shine” and of course,
“Over the Rainbow.” 1 to 3 p.m. McLean
Community Center. Free. Registration not required.
For information call 703-790-0123.
Also on Saturday:
Annual McLean Jewelry Showcase: This juried show will
feature a variety of quality, handmade jewelry collections
with designs by exhibitors from around the region. Items
range from casual to elegant, it is a must-attend event just
in time for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift. 11 a.m. to 5
Community Center. $3/person. Print
ad and receive $1 off admission. For information
Groundhog Day Celebration: Prepare for Groundhog Day
with costumed characters, Willard and Mother Nature, as they
entertainingly discuss nature's true weather forecasters.
1:45 to 2:45 p.m. Hidden
Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. Register
online. For information call 703-941-1065.
Chat: After a tour of Sully
Historic Site, sit by the fire in the outdoor kitchen to
enjoy refreshments and historical tidbits. Noon to 3 p.m.
$8/adult, $7/student and $6/senior or child. For information
and to register call 703-437-1794.
Spring's Just Around the
Corner: Washington Gardener, the publication for
DC-area gardening enthusiasts, is co-hosting the eighth
annual Washington Seed Exchange. This event includes
lectures, a face-to-face seed swap and more. Bring your
extra seeds to swap with other gardeners. Everyone will leave
with a bag full of seeds, new garden friends, and expert
planting advice. 12:30 to 4 p.m. Green Spring
Gardens. $15 ($10 for FROGS and WG magazine subscribers).
For information and to register (required), call
Live Onstage: Sleeping Beauty-The Broken Spell:
When the prince learns he is to marry the princess known as
Sleeping Beauty, he has a right to worry. She falls
asleep every chance she gets! Little does he know that
a mysterious spell has been cast upon her and he must soon
find a cure before it is too late and she falls asleep
forever! 1 to 2:30 p.m. W3
Theatre at the Workhouse
Arts Center. $12/adults and $8/children under
12. Buy tickets
online. For information call 703-584-2900.
Valentine's Workshop: Children ages 6-12 can enjoy
arts and crafts, goodies and gift-making in the sweet colors
of the season. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Reston Regional Library. Free but registration
online. For information call 703-689-2700.
Feb. 3: Tools of the Trade
Guy Schum presents a
lecture on his array of early English, French and
American garden tools. This fascinating collection is
eclectic, often quirky, and comes with lots of stories and
history. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Green Spring
Gardens. $10/ person. Register
online. For information call 703-642-5173.
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
A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
To request this information in an alternate format, call
TTY is 711 unless otherwise indicated.