Fairfax County Weekender


Saturday, February 4: A Girl's Best Friend

Just in time for Valentine's Day, don't miss the Fifth Annual McLean Jewelry Showcase. This jewelry-lovers paradise features 40 juried artisan jewelers who hand craft unique and beautiful jewelry. At the show you can put your child's fingerprints on a bracelet, design a piece with birthstones from your family, make a modern charm bracelet with a theme, work on a custom design, or get a favorite piece repaired. Refreshments available on-site. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. McLean Community Center. $3/person (save a $1 with printout of this page.) For information call 703-790-0123.

Also on Saturday:

7th Annual Seed Exchange: This event includes lectures, face-to-face seed swap and more. Bring your extra seeds to swap with other gardeners. Leave with a bag of seeds, new garden friends and expert planting advice. Fee includes lectures, goody bag and seed swap. 12:30 to 4 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $15/person ($10/Washington Gardener subscribers and Friends of Green Spring). To register, or for information,call 703-642-5173.

ArtNotes Concert - The U.S. Navy Band Brass Quintet: Since 1971, the Navy Band Brass Quintet has performed at libraries, museums, colleges and high schools throughout the metropolitan Washington area. The quintet's repertoire includes works from the 16th through the 20th centuries, with many of the compositions arranged by its members. 7:30 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. Free. (Tickets required.) For information call 703-495-0001.  

Volunteer Work Day: Spend a morning with park staff and volunteers helping with indoor and outdoor projects in your favorite park! Reservations NOT required — meet at the nature center. 10 a.m. to noon. Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Free. For information call 703-528-5406.

Sunday, February 5: By George!

For more than 150 years, people have studied, researched and dug the earth for clues helping to make George Washington’s home one of the most accurately restored 18th-century estates in America. The beauty, use and importance of Mount Vernon’s gardens and landscape will be discussed with a focus on the most recently restored pleasure garden, during the Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series: George Washington’s Garden. Horticulture Director Dean Norton’s presentation is not a history lesson but an informative yet entertaining look at the gardening world of George Washington. Afterward, meet Norton 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.

Also on Sunday:

Just Jumpers Horse Show Series: Watch as horse and rider teams try to complete a jump course as quickly as possible without knocking a rail down. 9 a.m. Frying Pan Farm Park. Free. For information call 703-437-9101.

Potomac Overlook Anniversary: Help Potomac Overlook Regional Park kick off its 39thth year with exhibits, music, birthday cake, games, door prizes and a brief program about special 2012 activities. Find out about Potomac Overlook’s 2012 - “The Story of the Woods” and the many sustainability activities promoted by the park. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Arlington Central Library.  For information and directions call 703-528-5406.

  • 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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