Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, Feb. 8: Turn Over a New (or Old) Leaf 

Composting is the process of breaking down organic materials into humus, a rich dark soil. It’s easy, cheap, fun and organic! Make your garden vegetables and flowers happy by learning how to turn scraps and leaves into this “gardener’s gold.” 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

 Saturday, Feb. 9: The Stirrings of Spring

Garden Sprouts: Blooms in Winter: Get a jump on spring by forcing flowers; take home a potted bulb and branches for forcing at home. 11 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens. $5/child (ages 3 to 5) Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.


Also on Saturday:

Family Fun: Winter in Bloom: Flowers in winter? Yes! Learn how to trick bulbs and branches into flowering indoors. This family program is suited for anyone age 5 and older. 2 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Animal Sweethearts Dance: It's back – the social event of Hidden Pond's winter season! This year the dancing returns, along with new activities such as a nature walk with Cupid and animal home building. Watch the new drama, "The Kingfisher's Speech": the story of a lonely kingfisher whose shyness in asking someone to come to the dance with him is also hampered by a gang of ne'er-do-wells who seek to catch all his fish from the creek. Refreshments, crafts and more! This program is for ages 3 to 8. 10 a.m. to noon and again from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. $8/person. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

Winter Hike: Wonderful Wetland Waterfowl: Hike the boardwalk to the observation tower and look for green-winged teals, pintails, swamp sparrows, winter wrens and hopefully spot a bald eagle. An expert birder will share natural history and identification tips, and set up the park’s spotting scope for your bird watching enjoyment. 10 a.m. to noon at Huntley Meadows Park. Children must be accompanied by an adult and at least age 9. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Crabgrass Puppets Present Jack and the Beanstalk: Jack and his mother are poor and hungry, but Jack dreams big and changes their lives. This hilarious show is full of fun and loaded with laughs. Colorful scenery, exciting puppetry and a delightful musical score combine to create giant-size entertainment for those ages 4 and up. 2 to 3 p.m. at The Alden Theater at McLean Community Center. $15/person. Purchase tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

For Love: Collection Saturday: To celebrate the Collectors Showcase exhibit and the Valentine holiday, the Workhouse Arts Center encourages you to do both. Explore seven open studios, meet the artists and purchase art for a loved one or because you love it. For Love: Collection Saturday will feature free artists’ demonstrations, performances, food and beverages, discussions on art collecting and unique works of art. Noon to 9 p.m. at Workhouse Arts Center. No ticket required. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Sunday, Feb. 10: The Nature of Things

Birds Around Us: Beaks, feathers, nests and talons are examined to explore an avian world that lives around us. View specimens and live birds. Examine bird behavior and their place in the environment. Find out about bird life cycles, migration patterns and adaptations that make birds such fascinating animals. 10 to 11 a.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. Participants must be at least age 8. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Also on Sunday:

Celebrate the Year of the Snake: The Year of the Snake begins today. Celebrate Chinese New Year with traditional games, stories, crafts and live native snakes. Find out which animal is associated with your birth year. 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $7/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Winter Lecture: Pests from Exotic Places: Find out more about recent exotic insects and diseases in your landscape from Adria Bordas, Virginia cooperative extension agent. 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Sugar is Sweet and Maple Syrup is Too: The sap is rising and the maple trees are tapped. Now it’s sugaring time! Watch and learn as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire. Sample the delicious combination of maple syrup over fresh baked cornbread for $3 while supplies last! Noon to 2 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site.  No registration required. For information call 703-759-2771.

Live Onstage: The Amazing Gospel Souls: The Amazing Gospel Souls is a gospel singing group formed at the DC Department of Corrections’ Lorton prison in 1980. All current members are ex-offenders, all Washingtonians and now committed to a gospel ministry, believing that their time at Lorton was a training period to develop skills and education which they use now to reach out to young people in their communities, helping them to find ways to “navigate their way through this noisy 21st Century.” Enjoy an afternoon of uplifting music as these Amazing Gospel Souls give testament to their faith through music. 3 to 4:30 p.m. at W3 Theater at Workhouse Arts Center. $15/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

  • 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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