Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, Feb. 4: Signs of Spring

From the wood frog to the skunk cabbage, see if these and other signs of spring are starting to reveal themselves during the Signs of Spring program. Suited for children 6 to 10. 4:30 to 5:30. Hidden Pond Nature Center. $4/child. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-451-9588.

 Saturday, Feb. 5: A Girl's Best Friend

Enjoy a juried showing of quality, handmade jewelry collections and designs by jewelers from around the region at the Fourth Annual McLean Jewelry Showcase. Many jewelers will take custom orders. Fresh food will be available for purchase from Sweet Leaf of McLean. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. McLean Community Center. $3/person.

Also on Saturday:

  • Volunteer Work Day: Spend a morning with park staff and volunteers at the Potomac Overlook Regional Park, helping with indoor and outdoor projects. 10 a.m. Potomac Overlook Regional Park (meet at the Nature Center). For more information call 703-528-5406.

  • Tasting Party - Salt: Sample the basic and exotic gourmet varieties of salt. Hear about salt history and health, measuring and cooking guidelines and how to pair salts with specific foods. Participants must be at least 13. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Historic Green Spring. $22/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information, call 703-941-7987.

 Sunday, Feb. 6: My Funny Valentine

See a display of old-fashioned Valentine cards dating to the 1940s at the My Funny Valentine event. Sentiments sweet or silly will inspire you to create an antique-style card for your own Valentine. Enjoy cookies and a warm drink afterward. 1 to 2 p.m. or 2 to 3 p.m. $10/person (registrants must be at least age 5.) Sully Historic Site. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-787-3314.

Also on Sunday:

  • Flakey the (Naked) Snowman: Snuggle up with snowman soup (hot cocoa) as you listen to this inspiring tale of friendship and charity as read by local author Amy Tubbs. Make a craft based on the story. 1:30 p.m. $6/child. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information, call 703-941-1065.

  • The Witch Hazel Family: Join Scott Arboretum curator Andrew Bunting for an in-depth look at Hamamelidaceae, the witch hazel family. Through classroom discussion and exploration, get a close look at this diverse and beautiful family. Participants receive fact sheets on each plant covered in the class. Take time afterward to look for witch hazels in the Green Spring collection. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information, call 703-642-5173.


    • 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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